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You matter! This is why our team takes pride in working with you to customize equity solutions that meet your needs and leverage your opportunities.

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We are a supportive community committed to advancing equity in education. We center youth, communities, and families, providing humanizing approaches to applied research and evaluation, technical assistance, professional learning, facilitation, and other services all based on decades of research and experience to transform schools and advance learning in the pursuit of justice in education and beyond it. The forwardED® team is comprised of visionary experts and organizational change agents who understand the diverse needs of our partners. We are driven by our core values, which guide how we live and work. Learn more about how we can work together!

We inspire . . .

proven results through collaborative partnerships that advance equity, which is about creating systems that work for the people they serve and serving people through the systems that are intentionally designed to be most responsive to their needs. Read our Equity Statement!

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The forwardED ® team has successfully supported more than 250 schools, districts, and non-profit organizations across the United States to advance equity and promote positive and lasting change.

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The forwardED ® team has been serving diverse communities—urban, suburban, and rural—since 2001. We pride ourselves on being diverse, inclusive, and deeply rooted in the communities we partner with.

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We are proud to have helped create a long-term trajectory of success for hundreds of thousands of children across the US and the globe. We center the young people you work with and ground all our work in what we believe is best for them.


If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Civil Rights Advocate and Nobel Laureate

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Let's Partner

Find out how we can partner to create and sustain a long-term trajectory of growth. Click the "Learn More" button below for more information about the services we provide and ways that you can schedule a conversation with us today.


Applied Research & Evaluation

Our applied research and evaluation services intentionally center equity and systemic change and emanate from a culturally responsive-sustaining education approach.


Technical Assistance & Professional Learning

Our technical assistance services  provide a number of professional learning and staff development opportunities and tools, including implicit bias and DEI trainings as well as leadership dialogues.


General Services & Consulting

We provide personalized services and general consulting, including a roster of featured speakers who present on topics related to school transformation and education equity.

You have left a mark on my career, and I deeply appreciate your advocacy. If there is ever anything I can do, please don't hesitate to signal.

Steven, NY

Meet Some of Our Partners

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Education gave my life meaning. Educators gave it a chance. While I may never be able to pay them all back, I'm determined to pay them all forward. What we have to offer is not behind us; it's always in front of us. Let's look ahead . . . together.


David E. Kirkland

Founder & CEO, forwardED, LLC

2 Washington Square Village, 2-I

New York, NY 10012

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