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The Great Expectations Initiative is our community’s collaborative response to educational inequities.

Anchored by Interfaith Outreach and the Orono and Wayzata School Districts, Great Expectations helps ensure that every child in our community has access to educational opportunities—from cradle to career.

We do so by aligning and coordinating partners around common goals, facilitating communication and collaboration, and leveraging community resources to change conditions in order to ensure equitable access to educational opportunities.

For nearly a decade, Great Expectations has helped strengthen the entire “ecosystem of support”—families, teachers, schools, community members and organizations—that is needed to bring about true, systemic changes and educational equity for all kids and families in our community.

We have great expectations for what we can do together. And Great Expectations has great impact.



Great Expectations Initiative ecosystem of support

Want to play a role in this important work? Contact Katie Shepherd at