Our first annual Teaching Equity: Advocating for Students regional conference was a success! 

We welcomed 100 attendees representing 17 school districts, six community and educational agencies, and our own Saint Martin's students and faculty members.

About our keynote speaker

Erin Jones, Independent Education and Systems Consultant

Erin Jones, Independent Education and Systems Consultant

Our October 2018 conference featured keynote speaker, Independent Education and Systems Consultant Erin Jones. She provided an inspiring address focused on equity in education followed by round table facilitation and interactive conversations on teaching equity. 

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Involved in education for the past 26 years, Erin has taught in a variety of environments and in some of the most diverse communities in the nation. She has served as the Director of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) for Tacoma School District; the Director of Equity and Achievement for Federal Way School District; the Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement for OSPI; an instructional coach for Spokane Public Schools, and a classroom teacher in multiple districts.

Conference outcomes


  • Shared effective policies, information, strategies and practices to support all students
  • Mobilized, inspired and engaged educators in advocating for equity in education
  • Built a strong network of support in our professional practices

It was a great day to network and share with other educators!

Breakout session topics

Some of our break-out session topics included:

  • Disrupting the over-representation of students of color in special education
  • Racism, racial micro-aggressions, and the mental health of educators of color
  • Supporting students from military families
  • Developing equity teams
  • Supporting McKinney-Vento students and students living in poverty
  • Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Recruiting and retaining teachers of color
  • Models for change: Effective truancy boards
  • Supporting immigrant families and students in schools

We hope to see you again in fall 2019!

For questions or further information, please email Conference Facilitator Dr. Linda Maier at lmaier@stmartin.edu.

Photos from our 2018 conference

Erin Jones with conferences attendees