Welcome to Washington Educational Research Association 

WERA is a not-for-profit organization of professionals working at all levels of education dedicated to improving the practice of instruction, assessment, evaluation, conducting and applying educational research, and using data to inform instructional decisions. Our services include two regional conferences, publications, and training for our members.

ANNUAL WERA/OSPI Assessment Conference

Offered by WERA and Co-Sponsored by OSPI

Taking Action to Reduce Opportunity Gaps: Putting Research into Practice

December 11-13, 2019
Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center
17620 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188


Plan your learning experience! Review our program offerings.
* Key Note Speakers   *Session Descriptions & Daily Schedule   * Meals – Included in Registration
*Networking Opportunities  *Clock and STAR Hours   *Sponsors



Unfortunately, our platform does not support group registration. If you would like to register multiple people you will need each individual’s username and password or you may complete this registration form and return it to [email protected].  We’ll be happy to register the group for you. Our business manager will contact you once the form is received.

You can find additional frequently asked questions here.

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WERA’s annual December conference seeks to engage educators, researchers and evaluators in dialogue about how to improve opportunities and outcomes for Washington’s students. 

Annual WERA membership is no longer included in conference registration.  You may now register for the conference as a NON MEMBER or join/renew your WERA membership to take advantage of special WERA member conference prices. 

Join us to hear from keynote speakers Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and  Dr. Juli Coleman.  Dr. Tatum is the author of the bestselling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race and president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Coleman serves as Deputy Chief of Improvement of the CORE Districts.  CORE is a non-profit collaborative that supports districts and schools in California to improve outcomes with the goal of eliminating equity and achievement gaps.  She has also worked throughout Washington supporting Educational Services Districts develop their capability in improvement science.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with colleagues, share best practices and learn from the work of experts in the field.

WERA Members: Please join us!

Why are all the Black Kids

Prior to the conference, WERA members are invited to participate in a statewide book study of Dr. Tatum’s classic book about race in the United States hosted by Dr. Hilary Loeb, Dr. LaWonda Smith, and Sandy Maldonado.  Through the study, we will have in-depth discussions of selected chapters and the ways in which we may apply our learning in professional and personal contexts.  The study will culminate in our meeting with Dr. Tatum at the WERA conference.

October 16, 2019        3:45-5:15 PM (office hours are 3:30-3:45 PM)

November 4, 2019      3:45-5:15 PM (office hours are 3:30-3:45 PM)

November 19, 2019    3:45-5:15 PM (office hours are 3:30-3:45 PM)

Clock hours will be available.  All meetings will take place via Zoom or the Puget Sound ESD

 Click here  to register for the book study

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the 2019 WERA/OSPI Annual Conference!!!