Portland, OR Community Summit


Portland, OR and Multnomah County

Event Name 

Raising Our Hands, Raising the Bar: Aligned Action for Student Success 

Event Description

Partners from across the community, including business, nonprofit, foundation and public sectors, participated in the Portand, Ore. GradNation Community Summit “Raising Our Hands: Aligned Action for Student Success” convened by All Hands Raised in Portland, Oregon. The event brought together over 300 individuals to reflect on the progress, challenges and opportunities of the All Hands Raised Partnership’s effort to improve education outcomes for all children in Multnomah County from cradle to career.

Since the Partnership began its work in 2011, the community has made some positive gains including a 10 percent increase in its graduation rate since 2009 and a decrease in rates of suspensions and expulsions across K-12. And this is just the beginning of the work: the Partnership sees clear opportunities to continue working to create greater equity through collective action.

Summit Summary

Event Date and Time

Friday, November 7 from 8 AM to 1 PM

Event Location

Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union

Convening Organization

All Hands Raised, www.allhandsraised.org

Additional Details 

Local Sponsors & Co-Conveners:

The lunch portion of the event is presented by the City Club of Portland

Notable speakers

  • Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University
  • Jennie Cha, Student, Portland State University
  • Dani Ledezma, Edu Policy Advisor, Office of the Oregon Governor
  • Carole Smith, Superintendent, Portland Public Schools
  • Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland
  • Carmen Rubio, ED, Latino Network
  • Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education
  • Hedy Chang, Attendance Works
  • State Represenative, Alissa Keny-Guyer
  • Tony Hopson, Self Enhancement, Inc.

Featured Sessions:

  • Collaborating to Prepare All Children for Success in Kindergarten
  • Advancing Racial Equity through Authentic Partnerships
  • Chronic Absenteeism – Focused Schools and Aligned Partners
  • Strengthening the Pathway from High School to College and Careers