Equitable Access Supports

Tools to Support Equitable Access Planning and Implementation

Every student deserves teachers and principals who can help them achieve their potential. Yet research shows that many students do not have consistent access to excellent educators. In comparison with other students, students from low-income families or rural backgrounds, students of color, students with special needs, and English language learners do not have the same access to excellent educators as their peers, which hinders their ability to succeed in school and beyond.

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders supports states in understanding the extent to which their students have equitable access to excellent educators, developing equity plans to address gaps in equitable access, and planning for implementation. Our Equitable Access Toolkit and Implementation Playbook provide user-friendly guidance and planning templates to aid states in this process.

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  • Expert Consultation
  • Supports for Action Planning and Early Implementation
  • On-the-Ground Implementation Support, Continuous Improvement, and Program Evaluation

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Stakeholder Engagement Guide

Brainstorm and implement effective methods for authentically engaging key stakeholder groups, from developing key messages to creating two-way feedback loops. Twelve supplementary resources offer more detailed guidance on specific elements of your state’s stakeholder engagement process.

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Data Review Tool

Explore your state’s equitable access data with this tool to help determine appropriate metrics, analyze your data, and communicate about equitable access in your state. The tool includes examples of metrics and sample data and data displays. 

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Root-Cause Analysis Workbook

Conduct a comprehensive root-cause analysis to ensure that you state's equitable access strategies target the fundamental equity gaps facing your state. This workbook takes state leaders through eight steps for conducting a root-cause analysis, in a strategic, deliberate way to ensure that strategies are targeted to the real cause behind equity gaps.  

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Implementation Playbook

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We Have an Equitable Access Plan: Now What?

Start the process of implementation with this step-by-step tool designed to support you wherever you are in the implementation process. Use this resource to assess community awareness about your equity plan, identify a project leader and team to implement your equity plan strategies, assess current levels of implementation, clarify leading indicators of success, create a project management plan, and act on the plan. Supporting Playbook resources include:

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