What We Do

Designing and implementing an equitable system of education requires context-based and comprehensive solutions that change our beliefs, our culture, and our actions. Over the past 12 years, the Great Schools Partnership has helped hundreds of urban, rural, and suburban schools and districts across the country engage in these improvement efforts.

Together, we can redesign public education and improve learning for all students.

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Our team of senior associates serve as school coaches, who work to build capacity and help educators address inequity and improved learning for all students. We utilize Global Best Practices, a research-based self-assessment tool, as a framework to inform school improvement strategies. Our coaches begin by gaining an understanding of your system, taking into consideration existing teaching and learning practices, organizational design, leadership capacity, and patterns of stakeholder engagement.

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No single teacher, administrator, school, district, or community organization can effect the systemic change needed to realize these outcomes if they are working in isolation. And so we gather. We are at our strongest and smartest when we share our learning and challenge ourselves and each other to continuously improve our policies, practices, and community engagement.

Share in the collective knowledge and experience of educators (including GSP staff and school coaches) by attending a range of events, both in-person and virtually. As an engaged participant, you will:

Our participants include:

  • Individuals
  • Schools
  • Districts
  • Community Organizations

As an individual participant, you will get new ideas that can be implemented immediately in your specific context, as well as the long-term plans needed to sustain the work over time. As an individual participant, you should also expect to grow your personal and professional networks of educators and education stakeholders. This will provide opportunities for you to collaborate, exchange resources, and connect with others who are just as committed to educational equity as you.

Like the districts in which they operate, individual schools can best actualize the outcomes of network participation by ensuring a range of representative staff participate in events and collaborate on their learnings and next steps. Through coordinated participation at the school level, staff will be able to network with and beyond each other, providing collaborative learning opportunities that will accelerate school-wide improvement efforts. Additionally, Discovery Sessions can be contracted at the school level, providing in-house professional development at a time and in a format that most benefits your school.

Our network can benefit districts with a strong commitment to educational equity by providing collaborative learning opportunities that will accelerate both school-specific and district-wide improvement efforts. District leaders are encouraged to ensure representative stakeholders from across your system (district personnel, school leaders, teachers, and community liaisons) participate regularly in events, ideally as teams, and reflect and action plan following such opportunities to move from intent to action. Districts can also contract with GSP to provide personalized Discovery Sessions at the district level, providing in-house professional development at a time and in a format that most benefits your staff.

Network activities provide a unique opportunity for both individuals and organizations that support, challenge, and work with schools to engage with educators in the work of school reform. If you or your organization has a stake in education and strives for educational equity, we invite you to engage with us.


Our coaches are former teachers, principals, and district leaders with years of in-school experience. And we know how different every school and district can be. That is why we tailor our strategies to the needs of your unique school community—no matter where you are in the U.S. Our responsive, adaptable coaching model lends itself to both in-person and remote school coaching, which means we’re never far away.  

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School improvement is hard. We get that teachers and administrators are busy educating the next generation. But thoughtful, consistent, and iterative school improvement strategies are necessary to ensure all students receive a high-quality and equitable education. At the Great Schools Partnership, we have dedicated our lives to developing the resources, tools, and coaching strategies that have enabled more than 100 schools across the U.S. to implement a proficiency-based system of education, to reimagine their community engagement policies, to teach transferable skills, and so much more. Why do we do it? Because we believe every school can and should achieve an equitable, rigorous, and personalized education system that prepares all students for college, careers, and global citizenship. We understand that no single school-improvement model will be a perfect fit for every school, since no two schools are the same; that’s why our coaching services are catered to the specific needs and goals of your school community. Plus, we will work within the constraints of your budget. Continue reading below to learn more about our coaching services. When you’re ready, contact us. A better, more equitable education awaits.

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There is no one-size-fits-all school improvement plan. That’s why the Great Schools Partnership works so hard to understand the needs and goals of your district or school. Our on-site coaching process thereafter allows us to collaborate with you on the challenging, exciting, and necessary work of school improvement. The key word here is “collaborate”; we know how vital the wisdom and experience of local educators are to our collective success. We can help your school or district with:
Organizational Design
Teachers and administrators work hard every day in schools and districts that are structured to artificially rank and sort kids based on inaccurate data. To achieve equity of opportunity, we must reimagine our schedules, rethink how we group students and teachers, reassess where and how learning takes place, reexamine assessment requirements, and change the way students and teachers relate. Examples of this work include:
  • Strategic planning
  • Vision and mission statement development
  • District policy development and refinement
  • School culture and climate audits
  • Tool and resource development
Instructional Design
The quality of instruction in the classroom is key to achieving educational equity. Our coaches will collaborate with your school or district to examine and refine the curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices for the benefit of all students. Ensuring access to relevant and personal learning opportunities enables them to develop the agency, knowledge, and skills that are required for careers, citizenship, and future learning. Examples of this work includes:
  • Implementing proficiency-based education (also known as competency- or mastery-based education)
  • Assessment and scoring calibration
  • Transferable skills integration
  • Curriculum and lesson design
  • Classroom observations and instructional coaching
Leadership Development
Schools and districts are tremendously complex organizations that require rich, thoughtful leadership from the classroom to the district level. Our work helps to establish a culture of leadership, as well as clear roles and responsibilities. In addition, our work enables leaders at every level to develop the skills they need to succeed. Examples of this work includes:
  • Leadership team development
  • Shared leadership practices
  • Strategic planning and guidance
  • Communication and messaging strategies
  • Leadership skills development
Data-Driven Improvement
At the Great Schools Partnership, we believe data is key to effective and lasting improvement. Let us work with your school or district to build the capacity of school leaders and educators to collect, analyze, and use data to inform instructional practice, school policies, and continuous improvement processes. Examples of this work include:
  • Comprehensive school or district needs assessments
  • Formation and facilitation of school or district data teams and/or networked improvement communities
  • The design of survey instruments that measure non-academic outcomes such as student engagement and school climate
  • Collaborating with school or district leaders to translate research and data into practice
  • Advising on data communication strategies, including consulting on data visualization and how to communicate complex data to different audiences
Community Engagement
Our schools will not become the learning centers they need to be without help from our school communities. This does not mean reaching out for permission, but for inclusion. Community engagement is all about thoughtful dialogue and equitable engagement strategies—whether you’re engaging with students, parents, or other members of your school community. Examples of this work include:
  • Establishment and support of community coalitions
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Development of equitable engagement strategies
  • Tool and resource development
  • Elevating marginalized voices

How It Works

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It’s easy to get started. Just contact us. We are here to answer any questions you may have and will guide you through our coaching process. We’ll collaborate with you to assess the needs and goals of your school community. We’ll also work to identify the unique challenges your school or district faces. Let the school improvement begin! Our coaches work on-site in your school or district, lending their expert set of eyes, ears, and ideas to the work of improving your school.

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To learn more about what the Great Schools Partnership can do for your school or district, please contact Mark Kostin, our associate director, at mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org or (207) 773-0505.