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McREL’S School Equity Approach & Services

McREL believes that educational equity exists when all students receive consistent, high-quality educational experiences and opportunities throughout their years of schooling. Achieving this state is not brought about by implementing a program or scripting a curriculum.

Instead, equity is created when every adult at a school is focused on and committed to providing every student under their care—in every classroom, every day—with good first instruction supported by evidence-based teaching strategies; engaging, curiosity-driven learning; caring, productive relationships; and leaders who support staff in achieving these outcomes.

Delivering Localized Solutions for Equitable Education

Every school has unique conditions and needs, and we prioritize context and collaboration when working with our school and district clients. We don’t deliver one-size-fits-all, off-the-shelf, prescribed programs. Before proposing any solutions or services, we focus on learning about your school community’s strengths and traditions, values and goals, culture, and areas of concern.

We then tailor our services to fit your specific needs, building contextualized solutions on a solid foundation of evidence-based best practices, forward-thinking concepts, an equity lens, and a systems approach to continuous improvement.

Let us help customize an approach to equitable continuous improvement that fits your school/district’s needs.

Helping Our Partners Get There

  • Identify and Build on Existing Bright Spots.  A “bright spots” approach honors local culture and contexts and gets to know what’s already going well within a school or system that can be shared and scaled up for bigger impacts on more students. 

  • Focus on What Matters Most.  To deliver exceptional experiences and opportunities for all students, our research has identified five key areas that schools must get right. We help gauge where schools are within each area, what they can leverage for maximum impact, and where to apply additional resources and capacity-building efforts.

  • Lead for Instruction and Equity.  In addition to assisting school leaders as they gain and use research-based leadership knowledge, skills, actions, and tools, we also help districts create leadership pipeline systems to identify and develop future leaders from within their own educator ranks. These leaders will have the contextual knowledge of their communities, families, and students needed to address inequities.

  • Build a Purposeful Community United in a Vision for What Can Be. Successful, equitable schools have stakeholders who share a common understanding of where the school is now, what their vision for the future is, and how they’re going to get there. We help school teams learn how to strengthen collective efficacy, build demand for positive changes, and rally together to support improvement for the long term.

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