Student success demands a holistic look at the many factors influencing a student’s education.
We believe excellent instruction is critically important to ensuring all students, and particularly students of color from low-income backgrounds, reach their full potential. We also know that many other facets within a school environment have a significant impact on a student’s education—from how empowered teachers are in the classroom to how equitably schools and school systems are run.
Today, many school systems struggle to identify and address structural inequities. School and system leaders lack the tools to evaluate their policies comprehensively through a lens of racial equity and through the constraints of leadership that often result in barriers between district leaders and the communities they serve.
The environment of our schools and classrooms has a significant impact on the quality of education that students receive.
That is why we help school leaders ensure schools are welcoming, supportive places for students to learn. Key to this work is investing in efforts led by educators of color to design equitable and affirming school environments that support effective instruction and both teacher and student learning.
Through this work, we aim to help schools develop approaches to meet the unique needs of their student populations and to transform schools into spaces where all students are accepted, valued and can reach their full academic potential.