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The Mayor's Education Summit is a community process on how the City can help address the opportunity gap and disparities in our public schools. The summit process starts with gathering ideas and input from residents all over Seattle and concludes with actual solutions on how the City can help partner with Seattle Public Schools, families, and education advocates.

The Mayor's Education Summit will take place over three phases from now through summer 2016:

1. Education Summit Community Conversations

2. Mayor's Education Summit Event

3. Education Summit Advisory Group

More about each phase is below...

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Community Conversation participants at El Centro.

Education Summit Community Conversations

The summit began with a series of community meetings and other outreach events that happened throughout March and April of 2016. They took place in schools, community-based organizations, and businesses across Seattle (see below for the complete list of organizations). These facilitated gatherings helped us collect input and qualitative data from community members, parents and families, students, teachers and school administrators, and business leaders and employers, to help identify ways to improve educational opportunities for all children and youth in Seattle.

Below are a few stats and takeaways from the Community Conversations. These can also be found in this slideshow presented at the Mayor's Education Summit.

Community Conversation Stat Slide 1

Community Conversation Stat Slide 2

Community Conversation Stat Slide 3

Community Conversation Stat Slide 4

Community Conversation Stat Slide 5

Community Conversation Stat Slide 6

Community Conversation Stat Slide 7

The ideas and findings from all these conversations and gatherings were recorded and then presented at the Mayor's Education Summit Event.

Each community conversation began with a message from the Mayor, included a presentation about our schools and the opportunity gap, and gave participants a chance to offer ideas and solutions about how to bring equity and excellence to each and every student in Seattle schools.

Photo credit: Nate Gowdy Photography.

Neighborhood-based Conversations

Host Organization(s)

Date and Time


Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators (SABSE)
United Black Christian Clergy (UBCC)

Tuesday, March 15
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Mt. Zion Baptist Church
(1634 19th Ave)

El Centro de la Raza

Wednesday, March 16
6:00pm - 8:00pm

El Centro de la Raza
(2524 16th Ave S)

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC)
Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA)

Thursday, March 17
12:00pm - 2:00pm  

Rainier Avenue Church*
(5900 Rainier Ave S)
*Downstairs in the Fellowship Room

Mockingbird Society, Treehouse,
and YMCA of Greater Seattle

Tuesday, March 29
6:30pm - 8:00pm

The 2100 Building*
(2100 24th Ave S)
*Community Rooms A and B

Councilmember Rob Johnson
Soup for Teachers

Saturday, April 2
12:00pm - 2:00pm

University Temple United
Methodist Church
(1415 NE 43rd St)


Monday, April 4
5:00pm - 8:00pm

New Holly Gathering Hall
(7054 32nd Ave S)

North Seattle Family Resource Center/
Children’s Home Society of Washington
and Lake City Future First

Wednesday, April 6
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Lake City Community Center
(12531 28th Ave NE)

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Wednesday, April 6
6:00pm - 8:00pm  

Seattle Wood Technology Center
(2310 S Lane)

Chinese Information & Service Center (CISC)

Friday, April 8
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Chinese Information & Service Center
(611 S Lane St)


Saturday, April 9
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Rainier Community Center*
(4600 38th Ave S)
*Multipurpose Room

Neighborhood House

Thursday, April 14
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Neighborhood House
High Point Center
(6400 Sylvan Way SW)

Seattle Education Association (south)

Tuesday, April 26
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Van Asselt Community Center*
(2820 S Myrtle St)
*Multipurpose Room

Seattle Education Association (north)

Tuesday, April 26
5:30pm - 7:30pm  

Northgate Community Center
(10510 5th Ave NE)


High School-based Conversations

Host School

Date and Time


Rainier Beach High School
(to be facilitated by students)

Thursday, April 7
3:15pm - 4:45pm

 Rainier Beach High School*
(8815 S Seward Park Ave)

Garfield High School
(to be facilitated by students)

Tuesday, April 19
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Garfield High School*
(400 23rd Ave)
*In the Commons

Nathan Hale High School
(to be facilitated by students)

 Wednesday, April 20
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Nathan Hale High School*
(10750 30th Ave NE)
*In the Commons  

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The Mayor sitting with students in school.

Mayor's Education Summit

The Mayor's Education Summit presented a summary of the top ideas and suggestions gathered during the two-month-long community conversation process.

Education Summit Presentations

Below are the slideshows that were presented during the Education Summit.
Pre-Summit Slideshow
Summit Logistics Slideshow
Community Conversation Takeaways (presented by Dwane Chappelle, Director of Department of Education and Early Learning)
Building Equity in Education (presented by Patricia Lally, Director of the Office of Civil Rights)
Seattle Public Schools: Our Challenge, Our Opportunity, Our Work Together (presented by Michael Tolley, Assistant Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools)
African American Male Achievement: Engage. Encourage. Empower. (presented by Christopher Chatmon, Executive Director of the Office of African-American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District)
The Science of Child Development and Resilience: Building the Foundation for Lifelong Learning, Health, and Behavior (presented by Holly S. Schindler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Washington)


The Mayor's Education Summit took place on Saturday, April 30 at Garfield High School (The Commons) at 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

Summit Schedule




Arrival and Registration


Program Begins

Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle
Patricia Lally, Director of City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights
Michael Tolley, Assistant Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools

Summary of Community Conversations:
Dwane Chappelle, Director of City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Panel on Student Perspectives:
Moderated by Mia Williams, Principal of Aki Kurose Middle School



Special Presentations:
Holly S. Schindler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Washington
Christopher P. Chatmon, Executive Director of the Office of African American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)

Tabletop Discussions


Closing Remarks


Resource Fair 


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The Mayor hanging out on the playground.

Education Summit Advisory Group

February 29, 2016 - Meeting Notes

March 14, 2016 - Meeting Notes and two presentations: State Education Context and State of Seattle Public Schools

April 12, 2016 - Meeting Notes and one presentation: Race and Social Justice Initiative Training

May 11, 2016 - Meeting Notes, Small Group Conversation Notes, Education Summit Advisory Group Question Responses, and one presentation: Community Conversations Summary.

The Mayor has also convened an Education Summit Advisory Group comprised of education and community advocates, educators, and business and philanthropic leaders (see below). After the summit, the Advisory Group will help develop recommendations and action items about how the City can best align its resources/efforts and can best develop partnerships to make education more equitable.

The Citywide Community Conversations will directly inform this effort that is a shared collaboration between our City government, our civic and business leadership, employers, higher education system, parents, and community members, together with our students, teachers, principals, and administrators.

Advisory Group members:

  • Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland
  • Seattle School Board President Betty Patu
  • Blair Taylor, CEO, My Brother's Keeper Alliance
  • City Council President Bruce Harrell
  • Cassandra Johnston, Seattle Council PTSA
  • David Beard, School's Out Washington
  • Ed Taylor, Vice Provost, University of Washington
  • Erin Kahn, Raikes Foundation
  • Erin Okuno, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
  • Estela Ortega, El Centro de la Raza
  • Fern Renville and youth representatives, Red Eagle Soaring
  • Howard Frumkin, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • James Smith, The Breakfast Group
  • Janis Avery, Treehouse
  • Jennifer Mims, Parent
  • Kaaren Andrews, Principal, Interagency Academy
  • Kent Koth, Seattle University Center for Community Engagement
  • Maud Daudon, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Omar Vasquez, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Pamela Banks, Urban League
  • Phyllis Campano, Seattle Education Association
  • Roxana Nourozi, OneAmerica
  • Saadia Hamid, Seattle Housing Authority
  • Sara Morris, President & CEO, Alliance for Education
  • Theodore Howard, Principal, Garfield High School
  • Yolanda Watson Spiva, College Success Foundation
  • Dwane Chappelle, Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

The four co-chairs of the Mayor's Education Summit are:

  • Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Brad Tilden, President and CEO of Alaska Airlines
  • Sheila Edwards-Lange, interim President of Seattle Central College
  • Kristin Bailey-Fogarty, teacher at Eckstein Middle School


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Students playing with tablets. 

Media and More Information

Office of the Mayor - Mayor kicks off Education Summit community conversations

Education Summit Community Conversations Press Release - Español

Education Summit Community Conversations Press Release - 中文

Education Summit Community Conversations Press Release - Tiếng Việt

Education Summit Community Conversations Press Release - 한국어

Office of the Mayor - Murray to hold Education Summit on April 30

Education Summit Press Release - Español

Education Summit Press Release - 中文

Education Summit Press Release - Tiếng Việt

Education Summit Press Release - 한국어


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