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

  • Equity by Design Brief: Universal Supports/Prevention Services and Student Rights
    The purpose of this Equity by Design brief is to provide educators and parents with information about universal supports, describe how these supports... read more
  • Considerations for Cultivating Equity-Centered School Boards
    In this issue of the Equity Dispatch we focus on the collective power of minoritized communities to positively impact the quality of... read more
  • In this Equity Spotlight podcast, Dr. Federico Waitoller interviews two special education teachers about their experiences and perspectives... read more
  • History of In/Equity in US Public Education Timeline
    The purpose of this A History of In/Equity in US Public Education Policy and Law: Implications for School Boards Timeline activity is to provide a... read more
  • Dual Language Learners with Disabilities: A Visual Data Tool for the Critical Educator
    This Equity Tool is for teachers that need quick access to research on the intersection of language and disability.  This multi-... read more
  • Equity in Action: A Long Term Struggle
    This special edition of Equity Dispatch highlights the critical call-to-action presented by keynote speaker Dr. James “Jim” Scheurich at the MAP... read more
  • Family Disability and Civil Rights
    To help families navigate disability rights processes that can intersect in complicated ways with other federal laws, this Equity Tool is intended to... read more
  • In this Equity by Design brief, the authors summarize a study published by Waitoller and Maggin (2018) in the special education journal... read more
  • In this edition of Equity Digest, we explore what state education agencies can do to ensure the pursuit of educational equity at the local level, the... read more

Learning Network Cohort

The Learning Network Cohort is an intentional learning community that provides shared learning and networking opportunities for partners related to a common topic of interest or shared goals. The Center offers opportunities for cohort members to participate in shared online professional learning and networking experiences, including an orientation, a virtual roundtable discussion with a subject matter expert, an equity tool showcase, and a webinar.

Currently, the Center offers a series of virtual learning events focused on two topic areas:

  • Culturally Responsive/Asset-based and Sustaining Practices: This customized series provides tools and supports to assist with advancing educators’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of evidence-based culturally responsive and sustaining leadership practices.
  • Safe and Inclusive Schools: This customized series provides educators targeted supports to redress incidents of harassment based on race, sex, national origin, and/or religion, as well as guidance on how to create safe and inclusive learning cultures and climates.

Please make a request for membership HERE if you would like to join the Learning Network Cohort and receive the event registration password.