Our Mission
To help our partners define and realize their unique vision for educational excellence.
Our Values
We value collaboration and systems thinking--we know these are the key to meaningful, enduring change. Our values include being present with our clients, leading through inclusive processes and keeping it real. Read our values here.

About

Us

WHAT WE DO

We believe in the flywheel effect, where an integrated system of school processes builds greater and greater momentum towards great outcomes for kids.  

Our Process
for Excellence:

HOW WE ENGAGE

To design a comprehensive and effective strategy, we assemble a diverse guiding team of stakeholders that mirror the diversity of the students they serve. This team forms the core of all of our strategic and design processes.

Our Client Engagement Process:

EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE PROCESS

 

CLIENT ENGAGEMENT PROCESSS

1

Clarify Scope
Identify the project goals, deliverables, timelines and budget.

2

Assign Consulting Team
Build a team of consultants with skills and expertise aligned to the project.

3

Assess Current State
Execute a comprehensive data collection plan to assess current state of school/networks’ health.

4

Engage
Guided workshop series to develop solutions, review deliverables and build implementation strategy.
 

Strategic Planning

Develop the organizational strategy, operations and conditions to identify and close equity gaps.

Retain Top Talent

Strategically retain top performers

Build Teacher & Leader Capacity

Develop collaborative, content-specific and actionable professional development systems.

Define Unique North Star

Crystalize vision for excellence at all levels of the organization.

Align Curriculum

Develop rigorous and culturally responsive curriculum.

Recruit & Hire Teachers & Leaders

Attract and hire top teachers and leaders through an annual recruitment and hiring process.

CONSULTANTS AND PARTNERS

SHYAM KUMAR
Founder & CEO
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JENNIFER BARR WEISS
Consultant
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NATHIFA CARMICHAEL
Consultant
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MARIAH CONE
Consultant
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TAI DIXON
Consultant
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ELANA FEINBERG
Consultant
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MEREDITH HOWELL
Consultant
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JORDAN HULLER
Consultant
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JASMINE LANDRY
Consultant
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GRISEL MALDONADO
Consultant
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SARA-KATE ROBERTS
Consultant
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TIFFANY STUBBS
Graphic Designer
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BLAKE ZIMMERMAN
Consultant
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MARCELA ANDRES
Consultant
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BRIGETTE BLUE
Consultant
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EILEEN CHAO
Consultant
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MARK CONRAD
Consultant
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NAKEIA DRUMMOND
Consultant
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KATINA GRAYS
Consultant
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RYAN HUDAK
Consultant
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LAURA KILLIPS
Consultant
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AMARA LYNCH
Consultant
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JESSIKA MCLAUGLIN
Consultant
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MICHAEL STONE
Consultant
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CHELSEA ULRICH
Consultant
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Skye Duckett
Chief of Human Resources
Atlanta Public Schools 
“Our partnership with NorthStar has led to many more of our principals operating as Chief Talent Officers of their schools”
“NorthStar’s strategic planning process combined the power of inclusivity and creativity.”
“I’m amazed by how much strategic clarity we came to in such a short time through our partnership with NorthStar”
Christi Elliott-Earby
Head of Schools
The GLOBE Academy
Martrice Gandy
Founder
Mindworks Collaborative

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