Programs for Educational Opportunity

The Programs for Educational Opportunities are currently inactive.

How to Request Our Services


The Programs for Educational Opportunity is funded to provide technical assistance and training without charge to state and local public education agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

We deliver sustained, in-depth technical assistance and professional development at the request of states, districts, and public schools, including charter schools, in our service area. The design and delivery of these services is often a multi-step process through which The Programs for Educational Opportunity staff and requesting partners define and clarify goals, plan and carry out activities, and evaluate the impact of our work. We understand that information related to your requests may be sensitive, and we keep all such information confidential.

If you represent a state or local education agency or public school in our region and would like to discuss how the Programs for Educational Opportunity might assist you, please contact our director, Dr. Percy Bates, or the liaison for your state via phone, email, fax, or U.S. Postal Service.

If you are not in our region, you can access information about the regional Equity Assistance Center that serves your state or region, please visit: USDOE’s website.

How to Contact Us

In person or by mail: Programs for Educational Opportunity
University of Michigan
1360 School of Education
610 East University
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1259

By phone: 734-763-9910, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

By fax: 734-763-2137

By Email: CLICK HERE to directly request information on additional services. A brief electronic questionnaire will ask for your contact information and a brief description of the kinds of services that interest you. One of our staff members will respond to you directly to discuss your request. If you prefer, you can print out the electronic request form, fill it out and fax, or mail it to us at the address above.

You may also email our Director
, Dr. Percy Bates,

Program Managers:
Illinois, Ms. Tasha Lebow,
Indiana, Dr. Elizabeth Mimms,
Michigan, Ms. Salomé Gebre-Egziabher,
Ms. Iva Smith,
Ohio, Ms. Tasha Lebow,
Ms. Marta Larson,

We look forward to working with you.

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