Support Areas

Our team has unparalleled expertise working with schools and districts.

Our services are organized around 12 focus areas:

  • Professional learning
  • Data collection, data quality, and data systems
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Equitable access
  • Fiscal and programmatic sustainability
  • Human capital management systems
  • Program evaluation
  • Perfomance-based compensation and salary schedules
  • Teacher and leader evaluation
  • Teacher leadership and/or career ladders
  • Recruitment, hiring, retention, and placement
  • Student growth measures

We can also support your team in areas that will enhance organizations and projects, including:

  • Assisting with place-based work, including enhancing community schools
  • Building a diverse educator workforce
  • Capacity building
  • Collective impact
  • Compliance and monitoring
  • Continuous improvement and performance management
  • Data stories and data visualization
  • Equity mapping and culturally responsive practices
  • Facilitation techniques such as Problems of Practice and Open Space
  • Grant writing
  • Identifying and addressing disproportionality and success gaps
  • Logic model development and theory of action development and refinement
  • Project management
  • Required reporting such as Annual Performance Reports (APRs)

Professional learning

  • Design analyses of aggregated effectiveness data to inform a more systematic approach to professional development.
  • Share best practices in professional development, with a focus on coaching and job-embedded opportunities.
  • Provide guidance in evaluating organizational capacity and action planning to support the attainment of shared leadership at the building level.

Data collection, data quality, and data systems

  • Provide assistance in identifying and evaluating systems to support evaluation processes.
  • Design evaluation of organizational capacity to implement and maintain high-quality data systems.
  • Review data quality plans and approaches for identifying and verifying student–teacher linkages.

Community and stakeholder engagement

  • Help clients establish working and/or steering committees to engage stakeholders and manage program implementation.
  • Work with grantees to develop program buy-in among a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Provide assistance needed to develop comprehensive communications plans.
  • Work with clients to develop a media plan and establish working relationships with local media.
  • Provide expert reviews of written and online communication and engagement materials to ensure consistency and clarity.
  • Share exemplary communications materials.

Equitable access

  • Lead root cause analysis discussions and strategic planning to help clients shape their equity vision, framework, and differentiated work scope.
  • Collaborate on data analyses to support the cyclical equity process, including distribution of effective educators.
  • Provide interactive facilitation protocols to engage stakeholders in meaningful, in-depth learning exchange about equity.

Fiscal and and programmatic sustainability

  • Facilitate process of prioritizing programmatic elements as part of sustainability plan.
  • Help grantees to identify new resources or reallocate existing resources, to support their performance-based compensation systems (PBCS).
  • Work with clients to evaluate current sustainability plans and conduct action planning to address gaps.

Human capital management systems (HCMS)

  • Development of documentation around HCMS, including business rules and process maps
  • Development of logic model representing alignment of HCMS and vision for improvement
  • Establishing targets for HCMS outcomes
  • Progress monitoring for HCMS implementation

Performance-based compensation and salary schedules

  • Support specification of business rules that govern implementation of PBCS.
  • Monitor implementation of PBCS for fidelity to specified model.
  • Guide clients in refining their PBCSs based on motivational considerations and alignment with human capital management systems.
  • Help build capacity to understand and effectively communicate principles of compensation and salary schedule design.

Teacher and leader evaluation

  • Conduct quality review of teacher and/or administrator evaluation systems and rubrics.
  • Assist in planning and conducting analyses to ensure quality of evaluation metrics and combined measures.
  • Share best practices in school leader evaluation.

Program evaluation

  • Provide assistance in designing and conducting a successful internal evaluation.
  • Assist grantees with developing surveys, interviews or focus group protocols.
  • Review the quality of draft evaluation reports before dissemination.
  • Share techniques and strategies to disseminate evaluation.

Teacher leadership and/or career ladders

  • Provide information on career ladders and teacher leadership positions that have been developed and implemented.
  • Help clients understand the kinds of career ladder/career lattice options available.
  • Work with clients to identify and design appropriate teacher leadership positions, including job descriptions and selection procedures.

Recruitment, hiring, retention, and placement

  • Assist in developing or refining recruitment, hiring, retention, and placement strategies.
  • Provide exemplary recruitment materials.
  • Provide analytic support to track retention rates and the relationship between retention and key programmatic elements, such as participation in teacher leadership programs or new teacher induction programs.
  • Create and review processes that use data to inform recruitment, hiring, induction, mentoring, and tenure decisions.

Student growth measures

  • Provide options for measuring growth for teachers of untested grades and subjects.
  • Review student growth measure and SLO implementation processes to ensure data quality.
  • Advise clients on how to bridge student growth measures across years where state assessment data are unavailable.
  • Support and design strategic communications to address context-specific challenges related to student growth measures and SLOs