The mission of imPACT Educational Consulting is to steward projects in student wholeness and leadership from promise to impact, by working in collaboration with educational and youth organizations to identify measures and increase outcomes of student connectedness, voice, and confidence. We do this by designing programming and providing regular assessment of growth in those measures towards improving outcomes for students, particularly in accordance with the CASEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. For partner schools and organizations, we seek to bring our expertise in fostering student leadership and girls education, while also alleviating the load associated with data-driven programming for a specific subgroup.
On a larger scale, imPACT seeks to fill the void of research and practice in education that is specific to urban girls and girls of color. So much of the dominant discourse on girls education is produced by researchers based in predominantly white private institutions. This does not serve urban girls, nor girls of color to the significant degree that they deserve. imPACT is committed to always including measures of student wellness through the lens of intersectionality. Most importantly, imPACT believes that our promise to every girl and institution is also a pact we enter with the surrounding community to make positive change.
Founder, Cristina J. Easton, has a wealth of experience and expertise in girls education. As a Baltimore native and black daughter of immigrants, she attended a prestigious K-12 girls school from age 4 to graduation. Those years, and her subsequent undergraduate work at a women’s college in New England were both formative in her understanding of what it takes to develop a sense of belonging and fortitude not just as a girl, but as a black girl. Having served as a New York City Teaching Fellow in a co-ed school in the Bronx, and completing her masters degree in Educational Leadership at Bank Street College, Cristina has been committed to Urban Education for her entire career. As a founding staff member at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn where she served as a Special Education Teacher and Assistant Principal, Cristina has experience in both short and long-term organizational planning and developing curriculum and programming tailored to urban girls and girls of color. She has presented at national and international conferences on girls education on topics ranging from differentiation in mathematics instruction to building public and private school partnerships. Having engaged in discussions with school leadership from public and private girls schools across Baltimore city, increasingly schools are wondering if they are doing enough for their students of color who experience the world in a unique way. Schools are also wondering if they are doing enough to prepare all their students to be the change-makers their missions purport in an ever changing world. Addressing these questions is not just a professional passion for Cristina, it’s personal and essential. As a special educator, she used to say that differentiating for her special needs students was beneficial for all students, and she now says this about centering the needs of black and brown girls in the classroom. Thus, founding imPACT is her promise – a pact she is making with the city she loves – to impact as many girls and students as possible through measured and intentional programming, professional development, and partnerships.