Technical Assistance & Professional Learning
The Great Lakes Equity Center’s approach to resource and service delivery is grounded in a multi-tiered model of technical assistance (TA). Our ultimate goal is to engage in well-defined, content-rich TA such that knowledge and expertise are share in a way that results in transformative systemic change, as well as personal reflection and growth.
We offer a variety of tools, publications, and resources to a broad public audience.
- Virtual Equity Library
- Newsletters & eBlasts
- Equity by Design Briefs & Podcasts
Topic-Specific Technical Assistance
We provide targeted, short-term consultation and support to Region V agencies seeking to uncover and address equity-related issues. Our facilitation may include the customized recommendation of a set of existing resources applicable to an agency’s stated needs, referral to specific organizations or persons outside the Great Lakes Equity Center who may provide additional resources, and short-term onsite, telephone, and video-conference consultations with agency stakeholders. These services are not meant as a substitute for long-term partnerships, nor as “quick-fixes” to complex issues. Rather, they serve to broaden a set of resources already being engaged by an agency to address equity concerns.
Professional Learning and Network Development
The Great Lakes Equity Center brings together role-alike stakeholders across district and state boundaries, supports peer-to-peer mentoring, and offers opportunities to share information quickly across individuals focused on similar problems of practice.
- Equity Leaders Institutes
- State Equity Leaders Summits
Systemic Equity Partnerships
We engage in sustained partnerships of transformative professional learning and improvement grounded in examination of local data and historical contexts and action-research case studies that bring practitioners and researchers together in inquiry. These partnerships are entered into through development of a formalized agreement with agency leadership, and include the development of a memorandum of understanding detailing the proposed project scope, timeline, and responsibilities of both the requesting agency and the Great Lakes Equity Center.