Centering Family and Community Wisdom for Systems Change: A Virtual Conversation Series

Starting March 19 | Dates and times vary


Centering Family and Community Wisdom for Systems Change will bring together education change-makers from across Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Together, we’ll critically examine topics, concepts, and practical strategies for leading with the expertise of families and communities who are often marginalized by the education system.

The strength of our region lies in the rich and diverse communities who call these three states home. Join us in exploring complex ideas, critical questions, evidence-based practices, and powerful movements that exist because of the strength and resilience of these communities and dedicated educators.

These conversations are interactive spaces. Each virtual conversation features guided panel discussions that elevate practitioners’ voices from across the education ecosystem, collaborative breakout sessions with peers, and access to resources on advancing equitable collaborations with families and communities.

This series is designed for anyone who wants to go beyond the traditional lecture format and immerse themselves in interactive conversations that allow them to grow their practice, engage in self-reflection, and work to advance systemic change in their community. All are welcome, particularly K- 12 educators, school districts, charter management organizations, local and state educational agencies, Bureau of Indian Education staff, Tribal education personnel, and diversity, equity, and inclusion specialists.

Each month, starting on March 19, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn from change-makers who are actively creating transformational partnerships with families and communities.
  • Put ideas into action and make a personal plan for learning beyond this series.
  • Explore the inherent tensions you will experience on your journey toward co-creating more equitable outcomes with families and communities.
  • Construct actionable steps in real time to achieve your vision for engaging those marginalized by our education system.
  • Expand your support network by connecting with other innovators focused on empowering underserved families and communities.
  • Acquire evidence-based resources, tools, and frameworks from diverse contexts to grow practices that transform family-school partnerships.
  • Prepare for transitions and continuity in your communities, appreciating that true transformation spans years and requires deep commitment and careful nurturing of relationships.

Series Moderator

Dr. Anthony Craig is a Washington educator with a passion for developing systems that foster equitable educational outcomes. He is the director of the University of Washington College of Education’s Leadership for Learning (Ed.D.) program. Dr. Craig began his career as a kindergarten teacher and served as an instructional coach, school principal, and central office administrator all in the Tulalip Tribal community. Anthony is a citizen of the Yakama Nation and lives in Coast Salish territories with his wife, their children, and beloved grandson.

Series Moderator Anthony Craig

Session Panelists

Region 16 is excited to feature a panel of esteemed community members who are Elders, aunties and uncles, scholars, practitioners, and others from Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. These panelists are dedicated to fostering equitable outcomes with families and communities. Each session will feature an in-depth conversation with three panelists, moderated by Dr. Anthony Craig.

This is more than an invitation; it’s a call to action. Share this journey with your network and join a community of change-makers ready to reshape our education system. Together, let’s harness the power of hope, possibility, and action.

Published March 11, 2023

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