Frequently Asked Questions

National ICS Equity Institute

Can I attend the Annual National ICS Virtual Institutes without a team?

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The ICS Framework and Process builds the “collaborative equity capacity” of the entire organization through team implementation. The ICS Institutes rely on intentional teams to learn about the Framework and Process to implement ICS in their setting.

An individual or two from an organization may attend the Annual National ICS Virtual Institute to learn about the work to be able to invite teams from their setting to attend future ICS Virtual Institutes.

National ICS Equity Institute

Will you provide an equity workshop for our event?

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Moving beyond piecemeal equity efforts, the ICS Framework and Process advances equity systems change–from a deficit to a proactive system.

ICS is not an initiative, a model, or a workshop. The ICS Four Cornerstone Framework and Process forms the core and provides a framework for all of the organization’s work.

We can provide a one-half day overview of the ICS Framework and Process as a way to introduce the work and to help participants decide on hosting or attending a 3-day ICS Institute.

We also provide custom professional development for organizations who have completed an ICS Institute to deepen the work.

National ICS Equity Institute

What are the Annual National ICS Institutes?

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The 2022 Annual National ICS Institutes will be held virtually, via synchronous online learning. The Annual National ICS Institutes Part I and Part II are designed for teams (e.g, district leadership team, school leadership team, state teams, regional teams, association teams, and other organizational teams).

The ICS Virtual Institute Part I , 3-day event, is designed to introduce teams to the ICS Equity Framework and Process.

The ICS Virtual Institute Part II: Co-Plan to Co-serve to Co-Learn (C3)™, 3-day event, is designed for teams to engage more deeply with the Co-Plan to Co-Serve to Co-Learn (C3) process.

Teams find the ICS Virtual Institutes invaluable as they experience various activities within each Digital Module that teams will in turn facilitate in their settings. The Annual National Virtual Institutes provide extensive time for teams to collaborate on each of the ICS Steps and to create their ICS Action Plan to carry the work forward in their setting.

Digital Modules

Can I implement ICS in my setting with the ICS Digital Modules without attending an ICS Institute?

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Yes. The ICS Digital Modules have been designed to lead teams through an easy to understand, step-by-step process to implement the equity work in their setting. At the same time, the ICS Institute leads teams through the ICS Four Cornerstone Framework and Process and through each of the ICS Steps (see the Digital Modules page). Teams experience the content and activities themselves to better prepare them to lead the work in their organization.

Digital Modules

How much is a ICS Digital Module site license?

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Organizational Purchase (including school, district, region, state, agency, university)


One Time Purchase, No Annual Fees.

Receive all future updates and enhancements to the ICS Digital Modules.

For pricing information and to learn more contact info@icsequity.org.

Digital Modules

How do we access the ICS Digital Modules?

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Schools, districts, and other organizations may access the Digital Modules by purchasing a site license. For schools, the district should purchase a site license for each school in the district and in so doing, a site license for the district leadership team is provided without cost. All staff in the particular school may access the log-in to read the Modules and contribute to the fillable forms in the Modules. In this manner, everyone on the staff may be part of the process of creating the ICS Action Plan at the end of each Module to operationalize the work.

Digital Modules

At this time ICS includes school-level, district-level, and school board-level Digital Modules. What additional sets of Digital Modules will be forthcoming?

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We will be adding a set of ICS Digital Modules for community members, state departments of education, students, university leadership and teacher preparation programs, post-secondary institutions, professional associations, and city/county governments.

Digital Modules

How can the ICS Digital Modules help us implement ICS in my setting?

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The ICS Digital Modules feature a Module for each step in the ICS Four Cornerstone Framework and Process. Each Module explains each ICS Step supported by research. First, the team will read the Module and type in the answers to the ICS Action Plan at the end of the Module. Each Module includes practical activities and Powerpoint slides that teams can adapt and use to facilitate each ICS Step with the rest of the staff. We suggest that teams rely on the Digital Modules as they would a book study. With the ICS Digital Modules and participation in the ICS Institutes Part I and Part II, combined with ICS Coaching, teams have all the information they need to implement ICS in their settings.

General Questions

Is there an ICS Equity book?

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We have published four previous books (that you may purchase at icsequity.org) and over 60 articles and book chapters (available free to ICS Equity partners) related to ICS Equity. The ICS Equity digital modules comprise our latest research and lessons learned from our ICS Equity partners and we can easily up-date the modules based on our daily experiences with organizations advancing equity.

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What is the research base for ICS Equity?

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Detailed in Module 4 (Apply the Equity Research), ICS Equity is grounded in over 45 years of equity research across race, social class, disability, language, sexuality, gender, religion, tracking, and ability grouping–and we continually up-date that research evidence. Module 4 also includes examples of positive equity outcomes from schools, districts, and other organizations who are in the process of ICS implementation.

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How long will it take for institutions to see positive equity outcomes with ICS Equity?

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Districts who implement the Framework and Process to fidelity see positive equity outcomes within the first year.

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How long does it take to implement ICS Equity?

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Implementing the ICS Equity Four Cornerstones Framework and Process takes about three years. Districts who implement the Framework and Process to fidelity see positive equity outcomes within the first year. Module 0 details the step by step implementation process across the Four Cornerstones, making it easy for districts and organizations to calibrate their progress.

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Where have you implemented ICS Equity?

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We have partnered at various levels with over 400 schools, districts, agencies, postsecondary settings, and city/county governments nationally and internationally.

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What is the history of ICS Equity?

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ICS Equity has been developed by Drs. Colleen A. Capper and Elise M. Frattura over the past 35 years in their work as teachers, administrators, and in partnership with schools and districts around the world. ICS Equity is the only equity focused organization that provides a proven equity systems change framework and process to eliminate inequities for the benefit of all. Drs. Capper and Frattura have published four books and over 60 articles and book chapters related to the ICS Equity work (see Module 4, The Equity Research).