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.
Remarkable schools go beyond the basics. One of the most important aspects of post-secondary readiness is for schools to develop an “innovation mindset” – a disposition that combines three research-based ideas: growth mindset, maker mindset and team mindset – in all students.
High-performing schools align and organize resources to maximize student learning. This includes a strategic and meaningful approach to the use of time, technology and people and the implementation of systems and tools to meet operational goals.
Great schools are open to learning from others and acknowledge the assets and culture of the communities we serve by strategically integrating external stakeholders including community organizations, parents and families and educational reform groups.
Excellent schools expect the best and focus on continuous improvement. This includes a culture that unleashes the potential talent present throughout the school community, a rigorous educational program, and encouraging intellectual confidence and personal growth.
Trusting, supportive relationships are the foundation of a successful school. Partnerships and relationships built on shared experiences and knowledge and access to resources and supports create a culture of achievement.
Strong organizations invest in their people. This includes creating systems to identify, develop and retain our “high potentials” through individualized professional development, leadership opportunities and a well-managed talent pipeline.
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.
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.