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

  • This edition of Equity Dispatch speaks to educational leaders within systems who, through policy and practice, pigeonhole K-12 educators into... read more
  • In this issue of Equity Digest, we examine the people who operate educational systems at the state education agency (SEA) and local education... read more
  • The purpose of this Equity by Design brief is to provide information to parents, community members, and school district leaders and teachers about... read more
  • The purpose of this Equity by Design brief is to review research regarding LGBTQ+ youth, schools, and rural contexts in North America, primarily the... read more
  • This installment of Equity by Design brief will review civil rights law, federal disability laws, and related best practices to help schools... read more
  • Are you interested in joining the Learning Network Cohort (LNC)? Click HERE to register.   The Learning Network Cohort is... read more
  • This roundtable explores how to create safe and inclusive school communities, how school leaders can respond to hate crimes, and provides guidance... read more

2019 Equity Leaders Institute

Moving Beyond Critical Reflection to Critical Action: Policy and School Governance

Equity Leaders Institutes are transformative two-day learning experiences intended to increase participants’ capacities to advance and sustain equitable practices in teaching and learning. This year’s Institute (September 16-17) focuses on collaborative learning towards advancing educational equity via policy making and governance


Once accepted, applicants will be expected to register for the Fall 2019 Equity Leaders Institute.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $170.00 (April 1 - June 30, 2019)
Standard Registration Fee: $190.00 (July 1 - August 2, 2019)

The 2019 Institute registration fee will cover all sessions, breakfast, and lunch on both days, and materials.