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

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    This episode of our Anti-Racist Vodcast, The 20-Minute Talk, features guest speakers Perry Wilkinson, M.Ed., Education Equity & Systems Data... read more
  • fists of people from many races held in the air
    In this issue of Equity Digest, we explore why it is important for school community stakeholders to recommit to equity work. In order to further your... read more
  • The 20-Minute Talk--Episode 1: Introduction
    Episode One of The 20-Minute Talk is an introductory discussion of the need for an Anti-Racism Vodcast Series and the MAP Center's anti-racist stance... read more
  • Guidance on Reopening Schools: Equity Considerations During COVID-19
    This Equity by Design brief highlights equity issues that arise in the process of reopening schools during a global pandemic. The authors... read more
  • Commit to (Re)commit: Making Equity Work Personal
    Re-committing to equity work means that equity-oriented educators must reflect on the impact of historical and systemic inequities on minoritized... read more
  • What Racial Opportunity Costs (ROC) Means for Black Lives in Schools
    Expanding on the Racial Opportunity Cost framework, as presented in a previous Equity Spotlight Podcast, Dr. Venzant Chambers invited a... read more
  • From Surviving to Thriving through Racial Justice: A Mother & Daughter Conversation in Five Vignettes—I. Early Education
    This Equity Spotlight Vodcast was inspired by the important, yet under-recognized work, many youth are actively engaged in to create better... read more
  • EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: An Intersectional Approach to Building Inclusive Schools
    In this EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable, participants discussed how an intersectional approach to inclusive education can be implemented, and... read more
  • Advancing Inclusive Education Using Equity by Design for Students of Color with Learning Disabilities
    This EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable pushes participants to commit to inclusive education beyond thinking about access to general education,... read more
  • Equity Connect! Centering Student Voice in Leading for Equity
    During this Equity Connect! session, our guest district, Community Unit School District 308 (Oswego, IL) discussed how they leveraged their... read more

Equity Innovator Recognition Program--Call for Applications

Are You Proud of Your Equity Accomplishments? We are excited to announce a call for applications for the 2021 Equity Innovator Recognition Program!


What It’s About?

Equity Innovator is a recognition program to showcase local and state education agencies that have engaged in a Tier III systemic equity partnership with the Region III Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center) or the previous Region V Great Lakes Equity Center and exemplify system-wide transformation towards educational equity.


Who Can Apply?

We invite submission of applications from partners that have demonstrated meaningful increases in awareness and/or knowledge of equitable educational practice among staff and stakeholders, have changed policies or practices related to providing students with a full opportunity for participation in all educational programs, regardless of their sex, race, religion, and national origin, and have had overall increases in the capacity to ensure safe, inclusive, and quality education for all students, with specific emphasis on historically marginalized youth.


How We Honor Your Hard Work

The Equity Innovator recipient will be honored at a recognition program during our 2021 Equity Leaders Institute. The honoree will receive an honorarium and the opportunity to showcase their equity work during the Institute.


Learn more about the application process on our dedicated Equity Innovator Program webpage