CharacterStrong & Equity

Erin Jones · August 14, 2019

CharacterStrong believes in providing the best foundational supports so that educators everywhere can build strong and lasting relationships while teaching social-emotional learning and character development skills. We believe in taking an equitable approach to this important work. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the consultant, speaker, educator, and world changer, Erin Jones, to conduct an equity audit on our Middle School and High School Advisory curriculum.

Erin has gone through every lesson, providing a detailed set of feedback that has improved the language and examples we use through our activities, discussions, and CharacterDare process. We were humbled by her insights and the level of detail with which she considers every stakeholder in a school. Each perspective has value and her work has been critical to developing curricula that better honors all people and builds natural empathy along the way.

At CharacterStrong we know that this important work is a process and we are committed to creating ongoing content and resources that represent all students and educators. We are grateful that Erin is also presenting with CharacterStrong and is helping us improve the personal and professional development we are providing to schools nationwide. 

Please watch the following video of Erin talking about her work and the CharacterStrong Equity Audit that she has completed!

For more information about Erin Jones read below:

Contact Info:
Email: [email protected], Facebook: Erin Jones 2016, Instagram: erinin2016, Twitter: @erinjonesin2016
Bryn Mawr College - Literatures of the African Diaspora in English, French, and Spanish
Pacific Lutheran University - Teacher Certification
Concordia College - Language Immersion Certification
Sample Talks: Two TEDx Talks - "Passion for Change" at and “Be A Bridge” at.


Erin Jones

Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, and in some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Last fall she was a candidate for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a "Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction 5 years ago to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%. Erin has two children in college, one who works full-time and plays rugby, and a husband, James, who is a teacher in North Thurston School District.