Director's Corner

Gary Appel

Seena Skelton, Ph.D., director of operations of the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center and Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) Advisory Board member, often asks, “Who’s not benefiting from the way things are?” It’s a simple but powerful question. Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about that question as we strive to focus a stronger equity lens on the design of our technical assistance (TA) work. As part of that effort, we developed and piloted an equity review process and applied it to three current projects, one per state.

The equity review process helps our staff uncover every opportunity in our TA work to address the needs of the lowest performing and most underserved students in our states. GLCC staff member Claudette Rasmussen worked with our colleague Tammie Causey, Ph.D., from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) to adapt three different protocols for testing. The protocols are designed to structure and support collegial conversations that help deepen our work and increase our impact. Now that the first phase of the pilot is complete, we’re teasing out what we learned from the process and looking to apply a stronger equity lens to more projects as we go forward. Once we polish the three protocols, we would be happy to share them with you. Just let me know if you would like to have a set e-mailed to you.

As always, reach out to me with any thoughts or questions. I’d love to hear from you.