Ensuring All People Have Access to a Quality Education

How do we ensure that every young person receives a quality education in our country regardless of factors beyond their control such as race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status? Along with the Great Schools Partnership, Everyday Democracy has been working to address this challenge across New England since 2015 as part of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Public Understanding and Demand Initiative.

We have been working closely with school districts and community organizations to help them build their capacity to involve people from all backgrounds in community conversations about the future of education and how education can work for all. Check out this 5-minute video to get a sense of the impacts this work has had (and to see the evaluation tool Ripple Effects Mapping first hand!).

We are helping school personnel and community groups use lessons, principles, and practices from our Dialogue to Change approach. A critical element of our coaching and training is to help districts and community groups apply a racial/ethnic and economic equity lens to their community engagement efforts.

For the past four years, we have partnered with Great Schools Partnership in coaching a growing number of school districts in New England. They are finding ways to start welcoming conversations about the future of education among all kinds of people, including those who have often been marginalized. Students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and other community members are seeing the power of a different kind of conversation.

Over the years, Everyday Democracy has trained hundreds of people in facilitation, equity and leadership.

Learn more about what's happening in some of the communities we have been working with:


Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.