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Through SAGES service projects, we help learning communities foster rich, rigorous,  real-time educational environments that move at the speed of the students' need.  This includes engaging and empowering parents, community stakeholders, and educators in a way that supports all students in reaching their highest potential.    



Since its inception in 2006, the mission of SAGES has been to sever achievement gaps in the education of students  through empowering relationships, engaging pedagogy, and enlightening content for students, leaders and staff, and stakeholders of learning communities.

 Presentations, Workshops & Keynote Speaking

Publications & Policy Advocacy

Student, Teacher, & Administrator Programs & Projects


Since 2006, SAGES service projects have included hundreds of school presentations and keynote speeches on education, student programs and programming, strategic planning and executive coaching of leaders, as well as publications and local and state level policy advocacy.  

In 2006 and 2007, SAGES successfully launched and implemented the SAGES Summer Academy, serving over two hundred students in 7th through 12th graders on a college campus. Afterward, students continued to receive mentoring and wraparound services for success in school.  This work is documented in the book, Severing the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students: Bridging Gaps of the Heart, Head, and Hand.

In 2008, a few hundred educators attended SAGES Courageous Conversations workshops and a regional SAGES Summit. These workshops included national experts.  Later that year, Dr. McCoy kicked off the Leadership in Education Administration Development (LEAD) Program for graduate credit at UM-St. Louis. LEAD Program participants received the foundations of administration, and hands-on activities in instructional leadership, Professional Learning Communities (PLC), data-driven decisions, teacher evaluations, special education, diversity and culturally responsive teaching and learning.  Participants observed or led classroom-walk throughs, interviews, school improvement teams, character education committees, PLC Leadership Teams, department chair meetings, safety committees, PTO meetings, district-level administrators meetings, Board of Education meetings, DESE School Improvement Team meetings, and more.

From 2009 to 2013, SAGES projects focused on turnaround schools, innovative schools, education entrepreneurship and human capital in education requiring in-depth knowledge and experience with urban and suburban schools and district governance and operations.  Dr. McCoy supported schools and districts with the School Improvement Grant (SIG) process and plans as well as with superintendent, assistant superintendent, and executive director searches and interview processes.  Also, Dr. McCoy was the opening speaker for day one of Glen Singleton's 2013 National Summit for Courageous Conversation in St. Louis.  

Dr. McCoy has developed transformative plans for school systems and advises state agencies on how to redesign accreditation systems, state assessments for students and professional education, as well as struggling schools and districts.   Dr. McCoy most recently worked as a part of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) development team with Educational Testing Service (ETS) on the New Principal and Superintendent (School Leaders) Performance Assessment for Missouri. 

In 2013 and 2014, SAGES crafted legislative policies for the Education Committees of the Missouri House and Senate.  In addition, SAGES was the lead consulting organization for the creation of  the University of Missouri-St. Louis's new residency-model School Leadership graduate program. SAGES facilitated the curricular redesign of this new Masters and Education Specialist degree program, which included New Leaders for New Schools. Dr. McCoy is a DESE trained Administrator Mentor and serves as the Executive Coach of several school , district, and education organization leaders. 

In 2015, SAGES provides innovative services to select schools, colleges, communities, and organizations.  Dr. McCoy continues to serve as a keynote speaker for numerous events.  In addition, he serves as a consultant to several organizations, universities, and school agencies across the nation.

In 2015 and 2016,  Dr. McCoy was a chief consultant and advisory board member to the Center for Innovation in Education DBA Base 11, which focused on helping thousands of high potential low-income high school students achieve post-secondary programs, a STEM Internship, and admissions into college across America.   Partnering universities including California Institute of Technology (CalTech), University of Southern California, University of California-Irvine, MIT (Fab Labs) and scores of community colleges across the nation.  Base 11 is the first and only organization to own a UAV/drone airport in Nevada.  Dr. McCoy continues to serve on as a board member.  

In 2017 Dr. McCoy was invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be the only K-12 educator and superintendent of schools to serve on a five (5) year initiative called the Poverty and Geography Thematic Research Network Institute for Research on Poverty and U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers supported by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   This network, co-led by Scott W. Allard, Professor of Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance of
the University of Washington and Michael A. Stoll, Professor Luskin School of Public Affairs of the University of California–Los Angeles advances policy-relevant research on the causes and consequences of poverty in relation to geographic differences to inform policies and programs at the national, state, and local levels.  Funding is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
(ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

IRP, its affiliates, and partners have a long, rich history of advancing our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the United States and informing policies and programs to combat them.  

Strategic Planning &

Executive Coaching