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Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest is partnering with Ohio school districts to develop, test, and refine the Making Equitable Schools Audit (MESA) approach. This data-informed approach for high schools will focus on improving student sense of belonging by reducing the use of exclusionary discipline policies and practices that inequitably affect students of color and students receiving special education services. The MESA approach will support a team of school leaders in using data to identify potential sources of disparate discipline referrals and to implement policies and programs that equitably address student needs.
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Building safe and supportive schools with the Making Equitable Schools Audit approach
REL Midwest’s Making Equitable School Audit partnership is working with Akron Public Schools to develop and implement an equity audit focused on safe and supportive high school environments. This blog post highlights the initial equity audit with Ellet...
Cultivating student sense of belonging doesn’t just happen; it takes a lot of work
REL Midwest’s Making Equitable Schools Audit (MESA) partnership is working with Akron Public Schools in Ohio to reduce exclusionary discipline referrals and improve sense of belonging for all students.
Making Equitable Schools Audit (MESA) Overview Handout
The Making Equitable Schools Audit (MESA) partnership is working with school, district, and community leaders in Ohio to improve high school students’ sense of belonging and perceptions of safety and support in school. This handout provides an overview...
Reflections on 2022 and looking ahead to a new year
With the start of 2023, we begin the second year of REL Midwest’s current five-year cycle of work.
REL Midwest Overview Handout
REL Midwest works with educators in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin to support the use of evidence and data to improve student outcomes. In particular, REL Midwest seeks to address priorities related to the needs and...
The Making Equitable Schools Audit: A partnership to reduce inequitable school discipline in Ohio
Students are more likely to succeed in school when they feel physically and emotionally safe, connected to school, respected by adults, and academically challenged...