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


Equity Leadership Guide


Bottoms, G.& Schmidt-Davis, J. (2010). The three essentials: Improving schools requires district vision, district and state support, and principal leadership. Atlanta, GA: Southern Regional Educational Board. Doc

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

Ronka, D., Geier, R., & Marciniak, M. (2010). A practical framework for building a data-driven district or school: How a focus on data quality, capacity, and culture supports data driven action to improve student outcomes. Boston, MA: PCG Education. Doc

Wellman, B. M. & Lipton, L. (2009) Data-driven dialogue: A facilitator’s guide to collaborative inquiry. Sherman, CT: Mira Via.


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


Blank, M. J., Jacobson, R., & Melaville, A. (2012). Achieving results through community school partnerships. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress.
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Davis, D. (2000). Supporting community and parental involvement in your school. Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Library. Doc

Ferguson, C. (2005). Organizing family and community connections with schools: How do school staff build meaningful relationships with all stakeholders? Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. 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

Jehl, J., Blank, M. J., & McCloud, B. (2001). Education and community building: Connecting two worlds. Washington, DC: The Institute for Educational Leadership. Doc

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

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