Central to creating and sustaining remarkable schools is having the same goal: success in college, career and in life. By providing an environment built on high expectations and support, effective operations and growing our talent; EQ is helping increase educator effectiveness, creating a culture of achievement, and improving student outcomes now and in the future. EQUITY also recognizes that today, it takes a relentless pursuit of excellence rooted in strong values for organizations to realize their potential. Research shows that while there is no single way of improving schools, there are a common set of characteristics found across top-performing school models.

EQUITY schools share a core set of operating principles known as the EQUITY IMPACT:EQUITY schools, whether or affiliated in nature or pure EQ model schools, design and implement the above IMPACT principles to improve student achievement, provide stable school operations and ensure a viable school community. When working with schools, we approach our work in three phases: plan, implement and evaluate. The following graphics illustrate a high-level look at how we work with our schools to embed our educational philosophy and principles.

  • Diagnose Needs
  • Determine Metrics
  • Delineate Responsibilities
  • Develop Workplan
  • Communicate Purpose
  • Check for Understanding
  • Execute the Plan
  • Observe and Track
  • Establish Metrics
  • Collect Information
  • Review Outcomes
  • Develop Next Steps
  • Celebrate Success

The IMPACT framework outlines standards, systems and practices that we feel are important to enact and sustain a school’s success. In order to improve academic outcomes at our schools, EQUITY is implementing a concentrated strategy built around four priorities. The proposed priorities are built from the hypothesis that: high quality schools are high performing and sustainable only to the degree that they have effective and efficient operational and academic systems and the people to enact those systems. Our schools need to drive consistent, game-changing and replicable growth over the next 1.5 years to meet their target outcomes and solidify their place within the educational landscape of Detroit. This process begins with the development of a cohesive and supportive staff and student culture and a focus on data-driven instruction.