Who We Are

The Education Trust in Washington advocates for an equitable education for historically-underserved students across the state. We believe in centering the voices of Washington students and families as we work alongside them for the better future they deserve.

What We Do

WE BRIDGE POLICY AND COMMUNITY: We seek to influence policy in Washington by engaging and equipping stakeholders, including youth, parents, educators, policymakers, thought leaders, community groups, civic and business leaders. Our goal is to drive an inclusive conversation about how every Washingtonian can benefit from an education system that better serves students of color and students from low-income backgrounds, pre-k through college and career.

We work alongside fierce advocates across Washington to:

  • Draw attention to inequities in Washington by identifying and analyzing data that disproportionately impact underserved students across the state
  • Equip partners with actionable and accessible tools to advance better educational outcomes and opportunities for underserved students
  • Advocate for policies and practices that improve opportunities and outcomes for students of color, linguistically diverse students, students from economically-disadvantaged families, and students with disabilities
  • Learn from and partner with students, families, and communities to build capacity and collective will for educational equity and justice

What We Believe

  • We believe that the equitable allocation and use of resources – people, time, and money – enables all children to reach empowering goals, no matter their race, zip code or income.
  • We believe that all students thrive when they have access to effective and diverse teachers and school leaders.
  • We believe that high-quality early learning environments set a critical foundation for children’s development and academic success.
  • We believe that a postsecondary degree is essential to achieving social and economic mobility, yet our systems do not equitably prepare and support students to enroll in, afford, and complete college.
  • We believe that school and district accountability systems have the potential to serve as a powerful tool to help close opportunity gaps and achieve equity.
Gray Sterling

Gray Sterling

Assistant Director for Washington State

Gray is responsible for the design and implementation of The Education Trust’s advocacy strategy in Washington State that positively…

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