Engage for Equity

It all started when…

Engage for Equity ESSA Toolkit In 2017 the Midwest Center for School Transformation (MCST) worked with national partners across the country, including the NAACP LDF, Council of Chief State School Officers, Dignity in Schools Campaign to design a toolkit in service to the new education law of the land -the Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) passed in 2015 by the Obama administration replacing No Child Left Behind.  This toolkit is for education advocates, youth, parents and families across the county trying to engage at the local level on the Every Student Succeeds Act.  MCST hosted local focus groups across the Twin Cities to pilot the toolkit and equipped 75 community members with resources for organizers to use with families, youth and the broader school community to Educate, Empower, and Act!  This toolkit continues to carve a path for communities to hold local schools and districts accountable.


In partnership with Dr. Talaya Tolefree of Koinonia Leadership Academy, Marika Pfefferkorn, Midwest Center for School Transformation (MCST) contributed a blog post for the University of Minnesota Gender Policy Reporthighlighting local efforts to work with school leaders and communities in adopting and implementing restorative practices with fidelity and centering a racial equity framework developed by Dr. Tolefree.  The Blog features lessons learned from working directly with local schools in the Twin Cities.