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Professional Learning for Equity in Schools

  • Unite staff in a shared commitment to equity and excellence.
  • Consider how current school policies, practices, and procedures impact student learning.
  • Break down barriers and build meaningful relationships with students.
  • Address persistent misconceptions that affect even the most well-intentioned educators and leaders.

Our On-Site Professional Learning for Equity in Schools

Bring equitable teaching and learning to every classroom across your school or district. Through our resources and services, your learning community will acquire the behaviors, structures, and tools it needs to move toward real change and advance educational equity for the benefit of all students.

Where are you on your professional learning journey?

Your school or district is ready to champion equity with the support of expert-led professional development. See one-day services

You need specialized professional learning services to continue embedding equitable practices. See two-to-four-day services

You're a high-functioning team looking to sustain your work and commitment to equity. See multi-day services

Your Goal

Building Your Skills

One‑Day Services

Implementing Culturally Responsive Instruction

Support underserved students using culturally and linguistically responsive teaching strategies across content areas and grade levels.

  • Examine techniques for culturally and linguistically responsive teaching.
  • Access sample activities that can be used in classrooms immediately.

Owning It: Empowering Teachers to Close the Achievement Gap

Learn to embrace the struggles teachers face every day, then implement effective teaching strategies to close the achievement gap and ensure that all students succeed. This on-site engagement (can also be delivered as a live virtual session) empowers teachers to own their careers, teach effectively, and develop strong relationships with their students and colleagues.

Time for Change

Transformational leadership is a skill that can be practiced and improved. Receive powerful, authoritative guidance as you work with your team to develop and strengthen the four distinctive skills of exceptional leaders and prepare to lead your school or district toward lasting, meaningful change.

School Culture Audit

The School Culture Audit is a comprehensive look at the existing policies, practices, and procedures in place in a school and the impact these have on student learning. Recommendations for changes to policies, practices, and procedures are included in the formal report, which is provided to the school principal.

  • One-day, on-site visit to observe school environment. This day includes:
    • Review of policies, practices, and procedures
    • Review of key artifacts produced and displayed by school community
    • Formal interviews with staff and students
    • Walkthrough of school and classroom observations
  • Prior to the on-site visit, we collect three years of performance, attendance, and disciplinary data disaggregated by grade level and demographics, and we conduct a school staff survey.
  • A Solution Tree author or associate reviews data and survey and compiles the formal report.
  • The report includes the following:
    • Formal rating on a four-point rubric of school culture based on six critical indicators
    • Analysis of relevant data and staff survey findings
    • Key findings and specific actionable recommendations in critical areas to improve, grow, and maintain a positive school culture
  • Web conferencing is available for schools interested in follow-up support.

Equity and Excellence Now

With an exploration of the latest evidence on success in high poverty schools, participants will learn the five core competencies of Equity and Excellence Systems and the seven professional practices that distinguish Equity and Excellence schools. Participants will leave with specific action steps to implement these ideas in their schools and districts. The research in this presentation specifically supports the PLC at Work® practices.

Related Resources: Achieving Equity and Excellence and From Leading to Succeeding

Your Goal

Deepening Your Skills

Two-to-Four-Day Services

Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Developing Strengths in All Students

The need for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity are core principles of social and emotional learning.

  • Study the hazards facing youth at risk: relational trauma, failure as futility, powerlessness, and loss of purpose.
  • Explore this unique relational, strength-based approach for reclaiming discouraged or alienated youth.

Building Trusting Relationships With Students at Risk

This hands-on workshop discusses the characteristics of students at risk and students who have experienced trauma, as well as the difficulties they face in building trusting relationships with adults in school settings.

  • Employ the strategies necessary to break down barriers and build meaningful relationships.
  • Learn how to decode the true meaning of behavior displayed by students.
  • Identify the root of students’ problems to prescribe the correct interventions.
  • Assist learners in being socially and academically successful in the school environment.

Your Goal

Sustaining Your Skills

Multi‑Day Services

Instructional Coaching for Dual-Language and Bilingual Teachers' Classrooms

Develop an effective instructional coaching model for all coaches to work with dual-language and bilingual educators, even when they don't speak the language of instruction. Discover a proven process for an effective observation and feedback cycle to coach bilingual teachers and dual-language classrooms.

  • Explore the dual-language programs currently used in classrooms and schools and their unique qualities and benefits.
  • Learn the essential shifts in mindset and pre-observation conference that frames an effective coaching and feedback cycle.
  • Gain best practices to utilize as you increase your ability to objectively and accurately observe dual-language educators while they teach in any language.

Choose the professional learning timeframe that fits best with your schedule:

  • One full-day session
  • Two half-day sessions
  • Three two-hour sessions