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Create a new thru line.

We help K-12 leaders shape their vision for student success.

We support leaders to move confidently towards action by providing custom planning, advisory and research services. 


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What is your vision for the community you serve?



We've helped many small and large districts like yours with their strategic plans by supporting the leadership team to understand the current state, prioritize actions and chart a realistic roadmap to accomplish your vision. 

Innovative solutions are constantly emerging and evolving. We help you ask the right questions and analyze feasibility so that you can securely make big decisions that bring about big change.


There is always more to learn. We employ empathy to understand marginalized perspectives, dive into data, frame the problems, and evaluate alternatives to shine a light on the right solutions for you.


We start by asking questions to untangle the problem we are trying to solve and break it into manageable pieces. We then follow a collaborative and engaging process to design inventive solutions, together.

The Thruline

our thruline process 





Our Projects

We choose our projects carefully. We seek out ambitious projects that require us to question our assumptions and expand our knowledge.


We work with partners who share our same beliefs and values about the power of education. 

We are a team of problem solvers with proven strategies and tools to bring your idea into reality. Our clients describe us as resourceful, generous with our time and relentlessly curious.

Our team has built deep consulting and K-12 education industry expertise while leading teams at Gartner Consulting, KPMG, BearingPoint, Delloitte, and Education Elements. We’ve walked school hallways and sat in boardrooms of over 100 school districts. And experience has taught us that we can tackle anything, together.

Who We Are

David Irwin

Education leaders turn to David Irwin to help make an idea come alive. Over the course of his career, including leading Gartner’s global K-12 Education Practice, education leaders have trusted him to help realize their own ideas for changing education.

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Namratha Bharadwaj

Namratha Bharadwaj brings comprehensive expertise, connecting her experience as a management consultant and public school teacher to put students first, improve learning outcomes and create lasting change.

Terry Denoyer

Terry Denoyer, a certified usability analyst (CUA, CXA), approaches his work and research through a people-first lens. He is continuously focused on data and solutions to support the decision-making of K-12 leaders' around the country.

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Why Thru?

We research trends to stay current


We adapt projects to accommodate unexpected steps


We tailor tools that work


We are courageous in our recommendations


We dedicate time to learn your context



Ready to bring your ideas to life? 

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