On September 15th, 250 educators, administrators, and other advocates from nearly 60 schools, districts, and higher education institutions throughout the state gathered for an amazing day of learning, sharing, and strengthening their commitment to equity at our Ed Equity Forum 2017: Ensuring College & Career Readiness for Students of Color & Low-Income Students. Participants heard from panels of experts from across California and learned about the policies and practices that have shown to strengthen the college pipeline for low-income students and students of color.

Our Forum was just the beginning. We will continue to build upon the momentum to advocate alongside our equity champions for the policies and practices our students need at the state, district, college, community, school, and classroom levels for equitable opportunities and outcomes.

We appreciate the many educators, administrators, and other advocates that took time to gather for this year’s forum.

Check out photos and videos from the event. We plan on hosting more local forums in the future. To learn more about our equity champion network or if you’re interested in attending a future Ed Trust–West education equity forum, please contact: edequityforum@edtrustwest.org.

Featured speakers at the Education Equity Forum who are at the forefront of equitable educational change included: 

Ryan Smith

Executive Director of The Education Trust–West



John B. King

President and CEO of The Education Trust & former U.S. Secretary of Education in President Barack Obama’s Administration

Keynote Panel: Strengthening the Pipeline for Young Men of Color

Dr. Tyrone Howard

Professor of Education, Associate Dean of Equity and Diversity & Director of the Black Male Institute University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Pedro Noguera

Distinguished Professor of Education University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Terry K. Flennaugh

Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, & Equity in Education & Coordinator of Urban Education Initiatives Michigan State University

Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

Vice President of the Azusa Unified School District  

A-G for All: Superintendents’ Strategies to Increase College Eligibility and Access for Underrepresented Students

Jorge Aguilar

Superintendent for Sacramento City Unified School District & Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational and Community Partnerships, UC Merced


Cheryl Hildreth

Local District West Superintendent of Los Angeles USD


Cindy Marten

Superintendent of San Diego USD


Bill Sanderson

Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, San Francisco USD

California Equity Leadership Alliance (CELA) Town Hall

Nina Boyd

President of California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO)


Dr. David Verdugo

Executive Director of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA)


Sherry Griffith

Executive Director of the California State Parent Teacher Association (CAPTA)

Vernon Billy

CEO & Executive Director of California School Boards Association (CSBA)

Dr. Wesley Smith

Executive Director of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)


Carrie Hahnel

 Deputy Director of Research and Policy at The Education Trust—West (ETW)


Additional Featured Panelists & Speakers

Dr. Linda Murray

XQ Superintendent in Residence/Strategic Advisor

Dr. Tameka McGlawn

 Director of Equity and Impact, for ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career


Hillary McLean

 Executive Vice President of the Linked Learning Alliance


Dr. Sid Salazar

 Superintendent of Alvord USD


Dr. Patrick Sweeney

 Superintendent of Napa Valley USD


Dr. Alfonso Jimenez

Assistant Superintendent K-12 Teaching & Learning, Santa Ana USD

The Education Equity Forum provided educators and administrators with strategic ways to actively address disparities in opportunities and outcomes for California’s P-12 students. The Forum included opportunities to hear from and interact with renowned education leaders from across the state and nation, including breakout sessions on how to support English learners, students of color, and low-income students. Breakout sessions included pertinent topics such as: preparing all students for college and careers using A-G for All, leveraging science & math for English learner equity, and discussing equity initiatives in a town hall format with statewide education leaders from CASBO, ACSA, CSBA and the California State PTA.