K-12 Solutions

District Leadership Forum

A nationwide network of purpose-driven leaders powered by research-backed solutions and expert advising

EAB's District Leadership Forum helps district leaders identify and implement proven solutions to current, critical challenges. Through our research-backed solutions, events, and advisory services we provide Superintendents and their teams with expert guidance as well as hands-on support to make meaningful change in their districts.

Research-Backed Solutions

Proven solutions for K-12 education's most current, critical challenges

We provide superintendents and their teams with expert guidance as well as hands-on support to accelerate prioritized, meaningful change. The District Leadership Forum's K-12 education research agenda means we are designed to adapt to your most pressing challenges.

Student Success

Challenges with student behavior, mental health, and chronic abseentism are surging, slowing progress in perennial student success areas from early literacy through college and career readiness. EAB's research identifies proven solutions to help districts better support students.

  • Student behavior
  • Early literacy
  • Student mental health
Explore our research for meeting the demand for mental health care in schools

Employee Experience

Teacher morale is at perhaps an all-time low, operational staff are in short supply, and 75% of principals say their job is unsustainable. EAB's research helps our district partners re-imagine the employee experience.

  • Teacher and staff morale
  • Principal hiring and development
  • Employee recruitment and retention
Join the 70+ districts last year who participated in the Teacher Morale Collaborative

Community Confidence

Community support is central to the success of any district, and recent waves of parent frustration and controversy have caused costly disruptions to the school environment and valuable time of district leaders. EAB’s researchers have identified strategies and practices districts can use to better engage with their communities.

  • Parent and community engagement
  • Flashpoint management
  • District communications
See our latest research on managing divisive conversations and preventing flashpoints in your district
Implementation Guidance

How we help you make progress on critical issues

Move your strategic initiatives forward with expert guidance from K-12 consulting experts in the District Leadership Forum. Our team of advisers, researchers, and experts are ready to help you accelerate progress through our proven methodology.

Get to the Root Cause of Complex Problems

EAB's rigorous research process identifies root causes and proven, replicable solutions for critical district challenges.

Secure Buy-In From Across the District

Our experts lead presentations and workshops for boards, leadership teams, and staff.

Scale your implementation

We create ready-to-use resources detailing why and how to implement proven practices.

Overcome Obstacles with Dedicated Support

Your dedicated EAB adviser coordinates year-round, aligned services and support to ensure initiatives keep moving forward.

Networking and professional development

Harness the perspective of a nationwide network of district leaders

We bring together the experience, knowledge, and perspective of hundreds of leadng public school district administrators, researchers, and practitioners to deliver you the best ideas to take back to your district.

EAB experts facilitate deep-dive discussion fueled by our latest research at these two-day, hosted events.

Partners share perspectives, new ideas, and successful practices in response to pressing challenges.

Cohorts of peer districts work through today's most pressing challenges and implementation of new practices.

Partner results and stories


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Improving Early Literacy Through the Science of Reading

Meet our experts

Each of our partners works with a dedicated advisor who learns your district priorities and challenges to steer your team to the right answers and resources. Our K-12 experts become an extension of your leadership team and expand the capacity of what you can accomplish.


Scott Fassbach

Chief Research Officer

Meredith McNeill

Meredith McNeill

Senior Director,
K-12 Research

Ben Court, EAB K12 expert

Ben Court

Senior Director,
K-12 Research

Eric Flowers

Eric Flowers

Senior Director,
K-12 Research

Latest Research and Insights

Low teacher morale is still a top issue. Here’s why your annual climate surveys aren’t enough.

Effective principal leadership drives district success. These barriers might be holding your principals back.

Building a Better Behavior Management Strategy: Key Insights from EAB’s Student Behavior Survey

Student Behavior Collaborative

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Why chronic absenteeism is so high—and how district leaders can start fixing it

Dr. Chris Gaines, Superintendent, Mehlville School District, St. Louis, MO

"EAB's research and information are some of the best I've seen...simple, concise, easy to understand."

Randall Squier, Superintendent, Coxsackie-Athens Central School District, Coxsackie, NY

"EAB has far exceeded my expectations - your research is so digestible, and you all have really shone during COVID-19."

Dr. Georgeanne Warnock, Terrell Independent School District, TX

“Listening to others – learning from other district leaders – it is so important to hear new ideas and consider ways those may be impactful at our school.”

Learn how we can help your K-12 school district get further, faster

Fill out the form to connect with a member of the District Leadership Forum team.

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Independent School Research

Leverage research, strategies, and tools to address some of the most pressing issues facing private K-12 schools today - such as student stress, fundraising, and more.

Virtual Tours

Share the unique culture of your school with prospective students with an immersive and interactive campus tour.

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