Raising Our Hands

On Friday, November 7, 2014, more than 300 community members gathered at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Union to participate in a broad community summit highlighting the progress, failures and opportunities ahead for the All Hands Raised Partnership’s effort to support all children from birth to career.

The morning program featured speakers Wim Wiewel, President of Portland State University, Jennie Cha, Student at Portland State University, Dani Ledezma, Education Policy Advisor to the Office of Governor John Kitzhaber, John Tapogna, President of ECONorthwest, Carole Smith, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, and Mayor Charlie Hales of the City of Portland. Review the slides.

Attendees were able to choose from four breakout sessions to dig deep into the work ahead:

  • Advancing Racial Equity through Authentic Partnerships – Review the slides
    Presented in partnership with the Coalition of Communities of Color
  • Collaborating to Prepare All Children for Success in Kindergarten
    (Interactive session, no slide materials available)
    Presented in partnership with Early Learning Multnomah
  • Chronic Absenteeism – Focused Schools and Aligned Partners – Review the slides
    Presented in partnership with the SUN Service System and featuring Hedy Chang of Attendance Works
  • Strengthening the Pathways from High School to College & Careers – Review the slides


Following the morning program, guests attended a City Club of Portland Friday Forum titled “Meeting Our Schools on Their Edges to Align Action.”
You can watch the video here.

More than 200 guests attended the luncheon to discuss what  it really looks like for a community to share responsibility, accountability and credit for helping every student succeed. Panelists Carmen Rubio (Executive Director, Latino Network), Wim Wiewel (President, Portland State University), Rob Saxton (Deputy Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education) and Dan Ryan (CEO, All Hands Raised) provided  insight into this question and into the work of the All Hands Raised Partnership. Moderated by Susheela Jayapal, Founding Co-Chair of the AHR Steering Committee.


Special thanks to our sponsors America’s Promise Alliance, with premier sponsor AT&T, City Club of Portland and Portland State University, for making our time together on November 7th possible.


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