Equity in Action

Partnering with Districts to Strengthen Equitable and Inclusive Practices

Our Perspective

Striving towards a more equitable educational environment is tremendously challenging work.

Shifting the culture towards equity and inclusion requires coordinated efforts to address the systems, policies, materials, and mindsets within the district. It is not a one and done event; it requires continual work. Therefore, DMEquityOffice is designed as a sustained partnership that is renewable annually.

Working together, DMEquityOffice will help you work through a process that begins with gaining a deep understanding of district context followed by comprehensive planning that considers long-term goals as well as short-term successes. Thereafter DMEquityOffice provides ongoing support to help sustain efforts; this includes facilitated collaboration with peers and support from experts steeped in the work.

Our Approach

Understand District Context with an Equity Opportunity Review

Districts have the option of partnering with DMGroup to identify district strengths and areas of growth. DMGroup team members will conduct qualitative interviews and focus groups, review of district policies and practices, and perform a robust analysis of data. This information will be consolidated, analyzed, and compared to research and promising practices to provide recommendations for prioritization and planning.

Sustain and Enhance Efforts

With the DMEquityOffice, districts are provided a dedicated DMEquityOffice advisor to support leaders in sustaining the district's work. In addi-tion to the equity advisor, facilitated sessions with peer districts engaged in similar work provide a mechanism for sharing ideas and providing each other the support that energizes and helps propel the work.


In our Equity in Action framework, we organize the key categories of work that need to be addressed to help forge the systemic changes needed on the journey toward equity. The work is grounded in the interconnectedness between teaching and learning and district-wide systems and policies and the six drivers of systemic change within these domains.

Key Benefits

Increase equity and improve opportunities for students and staff

  • Professional network of industry experts
  • Dedicated DMEquityOffice Advisor
  • Peer review and validation
  • Access to trusted, evidence-based research
  • A sense of support and collective accomplishment


Strengthen Equity of Opportunity for Students, Staff, and Communities

Planning with Support



With the DMEquityOffice, districts are supported to develop long-term equity goals and make measurable progress towards those goals with support from a dedicated Equity Advisor, access to a curated resource library, and monthly covenings with a network of peers engaged in similar equity work.