Empowering Educators to Create Change

Help boost school communities’ collective belief in their ability to create equitable change

Systems change starts with people, not policy

Schools are where children should be dreaming of and working towards their bright futures. They’re places that should encourage rocketing to the stars, operating on the human brain, or dancing across a theatre stage.

But in today’s schools, the promise of a better future is only realized by a select few.

Decades of unequal outcomes for students of color and those in poverty have shattered this promise for many.

Years of learning from and designing with school communities across the country have led us to the conclusion that belief in educators is the key to creating lasting change in education.


Change in schools happens when local communities change themselves

Lasting change happens locally, community by community, from the ground up. Change happens from within, from educators and students and families who figure out for themselves why and how they’re going to create meaningful change.

Our work helps boost school communities’ collective belief in their ability to create equitable change. For us, belief is our north star. Belief is an action. Because it’s through belief that we can change and achieve the aspirations of our students and schools.


The building blocks of belief

Based on five years of collaboration and a robust research base, The Teachers Guild x School Retool has identified five essential building blocks for developing belief in schools.




Equity begins with each person feeling seen


Big change starts small


Proof builds progress


One plus one equals three

Explore the research that grounds our work

The Case for Belief

Our report that covers ten years of combined experience empowering educators to create change in their own schools.

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Change Framework

Our theory of change helps support you to catalyze change in your school community towards meaningful learning and belonging.

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Equitable Learning Practices

A collection of 19 practices based on research in learning science and culturally relevant pedagogy, supported by school case studies.

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