We have a deep commitment to helping clients bring an equity lens to their work. We recognize that, in order to pursue our own organizational mission at Education First (“to deliver exceptional ideas, innovative solutions and real results to help ensure that every student educated in the United States, regardless of race or income, will be prepared for success in college, careers and life”), we must approach the work by studying gaps and inequities, asking tough questions about structural racism and more deliberately engaging diverse voices in problem-solving. We bring to this project a focus on and expertise in equitable project design. Our work is deeply influenced by the EquityByDesign framework developed by Dr. Christine Ortiz, which argues that because systems of inequity have been designed, they can be redesigned. We’ve been building our own skills to navigate these issues, with particular attention to equitable design methods, and we are committed to helping our clients do the same in projects that have a goal of increasing equity at their core. Finally, our national education experience is as broad as it is deep, and we understand how to pivot and adapt in response to the changing education landscape. As a national strategy and policy organization with unique and deep expertise in education improvement, we bring to our clients the experience of working with hundreds of school districts, teacher preparation programs, states, foundations and nonprofit partners. These organizations, like us, are committed to improving our nation’s public education systems in order to close race- and income-based gaps in opportunity and achievement. We select projects around the nation with which we can have the greatest impact on students, educators and education systems. We work at the neighborhood, city, state and national levels. We are not beholden to a partisan agenda other than doing what’s right for kids and the adults who serve them. We aim to support each of our clients through multiple engagements, because tackling tough problems requires more than a single shot. We invest in thought leadership so our impact extends beyond individual engagements. We measure impact and we hold ourselves accountable for delivering excellent support and results in every engagement. Experience Highlights • AEM/U.S. Department of Education - Technical assistance for Race to the Top District winners • Belk Foundation - Facilitated strategic planning with a specific focus on an advocacy strategy • Achievement School District - Developed business case, model and implementation plan for academic supports • Charlotte Lab - Leadership competency model and 360 feedback process • CCSSO • Texas Education Agency - Partnered with Public Impact to implement Opportunity Culture as a school turnaround model • Denver Public Schools - Facilitated a teacher workgroup and provided recommendations on updates to ProComp, Denver’s teacher compensation system • Chicago Public Schools - Support the implementation of CPS’ efforts to diversify and strengthen its teacher pipeline • Chicago Public Schools/Community Colleges of Chicago - Facilitated workgroups and developed strategic roadmap for college and career readiness using equity by design process. • Gates Foundation*- Completed P–16 landscape scan. Supported the design and facilitation of P–16 grantmaking process. Facilitate steering committee and grantee community of practice. • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) - Review and analysis of teacher effectiveness policies in 10 states. Technical assistance to support implementation in five of those states. • Hewlett Foundation - Design and facilitation of annual Deeper Learning conference. Design and facilitation of diffusion of innovation grantmaking process. • Hill Learning Center - Facilitation of strategic planning process • Minnesota Funders Collaborative - Landscape scan on principal quality with policy recommendations. Facilitation of ten public, parochial and charter school funders in Minnesota • Middle Tennessee State University*- Facilitation of strategic planning using equity by design process • Joyce Foundation/Generation Next - Design and facilitation of Twin Cities teacher diversity workgroup • National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) - Developed teacher pathway strategy for addressing STEM teacher shortages • PIE Network* - Facilitation of strategic planning process • Noble Charter School - Facilitation of strategic planning process • Oak Foundation - Design and facilitation of Learning Differences convening • HotChalk - Expansion analysis for NYU’s teacher residency program • Walton Foundation - Landscape scan on teacher effectiveness and diversity with policy framework. Profiles of 11 states and their teacher diversity and effectiveness policies.
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