10 minutes to help Meyer invest in equitable education in Oregon

Since arriving in January, I’ve been focused on developing Meyer’s investment strategy to improve educational equity in Oregon. Now I’m hoping you will weigh in at Oregon’s Kitchen Table. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

To Meyer, equitable education is defined as improving outcomes so that students of color, first-generation students and students living in poverty all achieve educational success. It also means identifying and reducing the disparities in how our most underserved students experience education. In early 2017, we will begin inviting organizations to submit proposals on educational equity; your input now will ensure that Meyer’s strategy represents the views, and articulates the needs, of stakeholders across Oregon.

It’s important to Meyer to have feedback about Oregonians’ values on equitable education. Meyer wants to hear from people at educational institutions, coordinating councils, school districts, early learning hubs, municipalities, institutions of higher education, government, foundation partners and other Oregonians who care about education. Your insights will help Meyer as we work to develop strategies that improve Oregon student achievement and close gaps in educational opportunities and outcomes.

Your feedback will be compiled by Oregon’s Kitchen Table, and all responses are anonymous. Following an inclusive engagement process with stakeholders, a summary report will be shared later this summer.

The last day to submit your feedback was Wednesday, May 25th.

Thank you in advance for participating in this process, and please don’t hesitate to contact us at questions@mmt.org should you have any questions.

— Matt


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  • ALEC J HANSEN

    As the father of a child who experiences disability, I am wondering where students with disabilities are in this conversation. From what I understand, students with disabilities are THE LARGEST minority group as it touches all races, genders and socioeconomic categories.

    • Meyer Communications

      Accepted

    • Matt Morton

      Dear Mr. Hansen,

      Thank you so much for your message. Over the last few days, we have received similar feedback regarding the representation of students with disabilities. We’re grateful for the advocacy and information that many community members have provided as we move towards shaping our Equitable Education Portfolio.

      Acknowledging our shortcomings, the information we’ve presented on our website and in our survey is only a starting point. We are looking to Oregon communities to share with us their experience(s) within the public education system and the barriers they have faced to receiving a meaningful public education, as well as possible solutions to those barriers.

      I believe your input is necessary for us to hear and questions like this are very important to us as we begin to develop strategies that improve Oregon student achievement and close gaps in educational opportunities and outcomes. If you haven’t done so already, I highly encourage you to participate in our survey. Again, thank you so much for your feedback!

      Respectfully,
      Matt Morton
      Equitable Education Portfolio Director
      Meyer Memorial Trust