The Equity Project at Indiana University, the Indiana Department of Education, and Virtuoso Educational Consulting have partnered to provide support to LEAs throughout the state as they examine their policies and practices regarding disability identification and discipline. Effective district leadership teams include community partners and build a diverse team as they seek solutions to the challenges they face.

District Leadership Team

District Leadership Team Tools and Resources


District Leadership Team Framework Doc

District Team Functions Doc

Technical Assistance for District Leadership Teams Doc

District Leadership Needs Assessment Doc


Equity Leadership Guide


Obiakor, F.E., Banks, T., Rotatori, A.F., & Utley, C. (2017). Leadership matters in the education of students with special needs in the 21st century. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Theoharis, G. & Scanlan, M. (Eds.) (2015). Leadership for increasingly diverse schools. New York, NY: Routledge.

Cashman, J., Linehan, P., Purcell, L., Rosser, M., Schultz, S., & Skalski, S. (2014). Leading by convening: A blueprint for authentic engagement. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Doc

Eaker, R. & Keating, J. (2011) Every school, every team, every classroom: District leadership for growing professional learning communities at work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

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Building Community Support

Building Community Support Tools and Resources


Community Collaboration Toolkit Doc


Education and community building Doc

Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0 Doc


Jacobson, R. & Blank, M. J. (2015). A framework for more and better learning through community school partnerships. Washington, DC: Institute for Educational Leadership. Doc

US Department of Education. (2013). Partners in education: A dual-capacity-building framework for family-school partnerships. Washington, DC: US Department of Education. Doc

Blank, M. J., Jacobson, R., & Melaville, A. (2012). Achieving results through community school partnerships. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress.
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Melaville, A., Jacobson, R., & Blank, M. J. (2011). Scaling up school and community partnerships. Washington, DC: Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership. Doc

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