We create educational equity through equity coaching.

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Read our guide for educators and administrators: Equity in Education.

Helping You Build Educational Equity

We are a national consulting firm focused on helping schools, school systems, and youth development organizations create educational equity. Equitable learning environments don’t come about by accident. It takes a lot of people putting forth a lot of effort to change. We help them do that.

Our primary tools are simple but powerful: we listen and we coach. Our team brings a deep knowledge of school systems, from the classroom level to the central office.

We believe that lasting reform begins with a “whole system” view. Real change integrates technical and relational approaches, and it focuses on building new capacities in the people and teams that comprise the system. We work in partnership with each client to prioritize the elements of need. Our facilitation and coaching approach provides a powerful accelerator for the development of new, more equitable practices.

With offices in North Carolina and California, The Equity Collaborative is here to assist organizations across the United States and around the world.

Equity Coaching That Works

Our goal is to help organizations develop their own capacity from within—the capacity to create educational equity, to further social justice, and to stand up to bias and oppression. This requires solutions beyond the technical approaches of implementing policies and “best” practices.

Frameworks don’t change anything. To the contrary, it’s people who change things. In fact, they can change everything. That said, we do use a simple framework to help clients understand how we approach our work. No matter what the project is, we root our approach in the following:

  • Equity and Fighting Oppression: We set goals and measure progress toward building more equitable learning environments and interrupting inequities.
  • Culturally Responsive Learning Theory: We use neuroscience and culturally sustaining approaches to help adult brains grow and change so that they can get better at helping people learn.
  • Coaching and Facilitation: We support individuals and teams to develop new practices that help them move toward their equity goals.
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educational equity in the classroom

Equity coaching is the only practice I have seen that addresses multiple domains that impact our work as educators. Jamie was instrumental in helping us develop a coaching model that assists teachers as they examine and further develop their moral and emotional commitment to all students, while improving their relationship with students and their knowledge and use of instructional best practices. As a result, our teachers trust their coaches and are adjusting their teaching methods in an attempt to meet their student’s needs. They feel empowered and know they can change to help their students become more successful.

Rob Metz, Superintendent, St. Louis Park Public Schools

We hired Graig to help us with program development for our mentoring agencies. His articulate and sensitive communication style added a great deal of value to all of our discussions. At all times, he was aware and respectful of process and culture; he created an inclusive environment in which difficult conversations could be conducted. Graig is an intelligent and insightful facilitator and trainer, one who I trust to achieve results within budget and on time. I would hire him again and again.

—Karen Shaver, Vice President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

I believe The Equity Collaborative has in place the approaches, strategies, and resources that will help to transform culture and to ensure that it’s sustainable. What they provide is high quality. It’s the opportunity to be reflective, highly engaged, in collaboration with folks from different viewpoints, backgrounds, and perspectives. If you truly want your group of leaders or your equity champions to lead a space and begin the work immediately, you would want to partner with The Equity Collaborative. They’re very methodical and intentional about the work. They know what we are faced with in education. You’re not just getting a package. You’re getting something that’s very specific to your school and your needs.

—Dr. Will Chavis, Principal, Enloe Magnet High School

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