Equitable, Responsive Education for All

Equitable, Responsive Education for All



The Great Lakes Equity Center was established by Dr. Kathleen King Thorius and colleagues in 2011 at the Indiana University School of Education, as an Equity Assistance Center (formerly Desegregation Assistance) funded by the United States Department of Education. As of 2016, the Great Lakes Equity Center re-structured as an organizational hub for an array of research, technical assistance, and educational resource development projects, including the Midwest and Plains (MAP) Equity Assistance Center. Collectively, we are committed to school and system transformation toward racial, disability, and other forms of educational justice: the MAP Center provides three-tiers of technical assistance related to race, sex, national origin, and religion desegregation to K-12 public education agencies in a 13-state region free-of-charge; the Great Lakes Equity Center continues to partner with community, non-profit, and private organizations across the U.S. on equity-driven systemic transformation, professional learning, and collaborative inquiry projects.

Midwest and Plains (MAP) Equity Assistance Center

  • Diversity in the Educator Workforce Poster
  • Key Actions for Transformative Leadership in K-12 Athletics
    The collective effort of superintendents, district administrators, building level leaders, athletic directors, coaches, and coaching staff (e.g.,... read more
  • Microphone
    In Episode One of this Equity Spotlight Podcast, Educational Segregation in Spain, Dr. Federico Waitoller speaks to scholars about... read more
  • EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: Understanding and Resisting Antisemitism in School Board Meetings​​
    As public-school meetings become more heated and contentious along a range of different issues, from disagreements on matters of protecting public... read more
  • Data System Integrity Tool for Equity-Focused Decisions
    The purpose of this guidance document is to support teams in determining the extent to which equity-centered metrics useful for strategic planning... read more
  • Microphone
    In Episode Two of this Equity Spotlight Podcast, Educational Segregation in Spain, Dr. Federico Waitoller continues the conversation from... read more
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    Faith Without Works is Dead Part II: Exploring the Role of Faith in Equity and Justice-Centered Work
  • Microphone
    In Episode Three of this Equity Spotlight Podcast, Educational Segregation in Spain, we delve deeper into the causes of school segregation in... read more
  • Being A Critical Consumer of Professional Development Related to Educational Equity
    Equity-oriented professional development is an important aspect of continued growth and learning. The Being A Critical Consumer of Professional... read more

Register Today! Newly Launched E-Course!

Open to educators and education stakeholders in the center’s thirteen-state region at no cost, this asynchronous, online course consist of 4 content rich, multi-media, interactive modules that participants can engage in at their own pace and in the comfort of their own setting.

Through these modules, participants enhance their own understanding of the importance of educational equity as foundational for safe and inclusive school cultures and climate, free from bullying and harassment.

Participants receive a certificate of completion for 5 professional development hours from the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center at Indiana University School of Education -Indianapolis for successfully completing all 4 modules. Enrollment for cohort one is now open! To enroll in the course click HERE or copy and paste the URL in your browser https://bit.ly/3nm9l6O.

Please direct your questions about the course to glec@iupui.edu