Policy

We analyze federal, state, and local education policies. Will they will meet policymaker goals? Support learning, positive student experiences, and equity? Promote positive organizational change?

Equity

We provide customized supports to help schools, districts, communities, and states across the country achieve equitable outcomes, with a particular focus on racial equity.

Growth

We offer a full menu of professional development and coaching services, using andragogy (adult learning), distributed practice, and standards for staff development to guide our work.

Recent Blog Posts

In this fall of impossible challenges, schools are doing the best that they can to address issues that they have never had to address before. Principals and teachers are stretched to the max trying to teach in person and virtually, figure out systems to keep children and adults safe, and hold out until a vaccine. And yet there is one upcoming event that happens every four years that comes next week that many worry about–the election. Read more.

In recent years, schools across the country have modified Halloween celebrations to better meet students needs — some have moved parades to after school, stopped the sharing of candy during school, replaced events with alternative celebrations, or cancelled Halloween celebrations. This blog provides considerations and key questions to support you to center race and ethnicity as you think about and plan for school-based Halloween celebrations and the use of costumes. Read more.

West Wind Education Policy is committed to disrupting historic and persistent inequities. We are deeply disturbed by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, as well as the ongoing violence toward the bodies and spirit of people of color. Read more.

"This was the best professional development -- I don't even want to call it professional development -- this was one of the best experiences I have ever had."
Participant
Equity-Focused Instructional Rounds with Students

West Wind created and managed the Iowa Forum on Competency-based Education for the Iowa Department of Education. In recognition of the quality of the Forum, West Wind was awarded the SNCR Excellence in New Communications Awards.

"The courage of the district team and West Wind facilitators was extraordinary. Very valuable session with ‘real life’ example that was allowed to play out in ‘real time.’"
Participants
Summit for Courageous Conversation
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