To move the needle on educational equity in schools, system leadership must develop clearly articulated and actionable equity-focused strategic plans with ambitious goals and innovative solutions to accomplish those goals. Using our Equity at Work strategic planning guide as a jumping off point, we help districts create and execute equity-focused strategic plans that incorporate and consider the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders and that are well-positioned to achieve systemwide improvement goals. We also support the creation of professional learning plans to ensure that staff at various levels of the system are prepared to execute the plan at a high level and in service of student learning and success. Our consulting work may include some combination of the following supports:
- Stakeholder Engagement: A process of generating feedback from a wide range of stakeholders to inform the creation of the strategic plan and to surface issues and key needs that should to be considered in the development of the plan.
- Facilitating Strategic Plan Creation: A series of sessions led by our expert facilitators that are informed by the results of the stakeholder engagement and the design thinking process: understanding the needs of those affected by the strategic plan; defining those needs and the problems they are currently facing; creating ideas and solutions to address those needs and problems; and testing those solutions.
- Creation of a Professional Learning Plan: A complementary plan to ensure that system-level staff receive the leadership development support they need to execute the strategic plan at a high level
- Ongoing Equity Plan Implementation Support: Customized support for system leadership teams to pilot specific high-leverage solutions in their district and to review lessons learned and modify their approaches as necessary
Our equity plan work is highly customizable to meet the specific needs of your district. Connect with our team using the form below to explore how we can help your school system advance equity in a sustainable way.