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Welcome to Dean's List Consulting

Supporting the Work of Educators, Non-Profits, Philanthropy, and Social Entrepreneurs Committed to Ensuring Every Child, Every Family, and Every Community Thrives

Our Story

Dean's List Consulting was founded in 2014, after Marla Dean had just completed her tenure as a Turnaround Principal.  Through this experience of turning around a persistently low achieving and dangerous school, she came to understand that the way forward in education transformation is the implementation of a whole child approach with a commitment to high expertise teaching.  Later Marla would come to learn that poor quality local, state and federal policy was interfering with children's ability to learn and families' ability to thrive.  As a result, Marla became a student, proponent and advocate of two-generation policies and approaches. Now, her practice has expanded to include strategic advisement in the areas of health equity, economic mobility, and community wealth building.


Services and Projects

Your Strategic Consulting and Coaching Partner

We have the knowledge and experience to meet and exceed your expectations, and offer a variety of services customized to fit your specific needs. Learn more about the improvements we can help you achieve, and contact me today.

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Education Consulting and Coaching

Experience and Expertise

Dean's List Consulting focuses on the following areas:

  • High Expertise Teaching

  • Curriculum Alignment

  • Leadership Development

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Data Driven Decision Making & Continuous Improvement

  • Whole Child Policy & Program Implementation

  • Two Generation Policy & Program Implementation

  • Early Childhood Policy & Programming

IntellectEOTR™ & The GREATER Project ™

Shaping the Counternarrative and Communities

IntellectEOTR  - A new narrative 

You have heard of the other side of the tracks. But in the nation's capital, we call the other side - East of the River (EOTR).  It is the largely where the underserved and marginalize live. IntellectEOTR is an initiative to dispel the myth that these communities of devoid of great thought and that the people who live there do not value learning or ideas.  These series of thought events will help write a new narrative, a counter narrative about the intellectual capital of people who live as other.

The Greater Project  - The sum is always greater than its parts

The GREATER Project recognizes that the city of Detroit is in a process of rebirth.  Learning from other major cities that have undergone similar processes, long-term residents have been locked out of the economic progress of those jurisdictions.  Therefore, The GREATER Project has a unique opportunity to create a rebirth of the Davison Corridor in a manner that provides wealth building for its long-term residents by utilizing strategic economic participation and community wealth building strategies.

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Policy & Practice: 
Whole Child,
Two Generation,
Health Equity,
Economic Mobility, and
Community Wealth Building 

A Comprehensive Approach

Every child deserves schools that are:

o   Healthy 

o   Safe 

o   Engaged 

o   Supported 

o   Challenged 

Every family needs the opportunity for economic mobility by:

o   Accruing Social Capital​

o   Experiencing Health & Wellness

o   Building Economic Assets

o   Providing Education & Employment Pathways

o   Living in Safe & Healthy Communities 


Every community merits opportunities to build wealth through policies, laws, and governance that supports the social and structural determinants of health (SSDOH):

o   Education Access and Quality

o   Health Care and Quality

o   Neighborhood and Built Environment

o   Social and Community Context

o   Economic Stability

Strategic and Project Management Support for Non Profits and Social Entrepreneurs

Deliberative Advisement and Skilled Guidance

We provide full-service management consulting services that strategically shapes the future of our world by building organizational and leadership capacity.


Every member of the Strategic Consulting Partners team knows that organizational success begins with the right planning process, one that includes engaging with leadership teams as well as with internal and external key stakeholders – including staff, boards of directors, partners, funding sources and others – and diving deep to gather data, elicit opinions, understand pain points, assess operating environments, and set goals and objectives.

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Contact Dean's Listing Consulting

K12 Schools:

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

  • Henrico County Public Schools (VA)

  • Lawrence Public Schools (NY)

  • Wilson Public Schools (PA)

  • Paul Public Charter Schools (DC)

Early Childhood Education

  • Childcare for Every Family Network

  • DC Association for the Education of the Young Children (DCAEYC)

Education Associations/Organizations

  • Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)

  • National Association for the Education of the Young Children (NAEYC)

(202) 340-8588

Washington, DC 20020


  • Greater Washington Community Foundation

Research Institutions/Think Tanks

  • Aspen Institute - Ascend Network

  • Bellwether Education Partners

  • Delta Research & Education Foundation, Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC)


  • GOODProjects - Black Justice Institute

  • New Hope Housing

Marla has provided professional development trainings, workshops and coaching to schools, school systems and organizations across the country.  Dean's List Consulting would love to work with you.  She has worked with the following (partial list):

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