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Equity 101- The Equity Framework

Equity 101- The Equity Framework
Book 1

Foreword by Bonnie M. Davis

July 2011 | 184 pages | Corwin

Equity is key to eliminating achievement gaps

Can today's schools help all students achieve at grade level, regardless of race, income, ethnicity, gender, and language? In Equity 101, visit schools and school systems that have created the expectations, rigor, relevancy, and relationships in order that high levels of achievement become the norm, no matter the student's diversity. This first volume of a four-book series outlines a simple, yet powerful Equity Framework for school leaders to implement institutional equity.

Based on the common characteristics observed in highly successful diverse schools throughout North America, Equity 101 provides the foundation necessary for educational leaders and teachers to equitize their school and school systems by addressing systemic limitations, racism, and biases. Join best-selling author Curtis Linton in examining Whiteness as a lens for understanding our personal, institutional, and professional responsibilities in building equity for all students.

Readers have access to on-demand videos and an online community keyed to central concepts of the four books: The Equity Framework, Leadership, Culture, and Practice. Ultimately, this powerful series provides a clear vision and action plan for creating system equity—a place where excellence is the norm for all students.

About the Author
1. Finding Equity
Realizing Equity

My Path to Equity

Black and White

Understanding My History

Embracing Diversity

Discovering Race

Norming Difference

Authenticating My Present

The Equity Lens

2. Defining Equity
Equity Success: Northrich Elementary

Exploring Equity

Describing Equity

Equity Definition

Deconstructing Equity

3. Framing Equity
Equity Success: Elmont Memorial High School

Framework Versus Strategy

The Equity Framework

Equity Framework: Characteristics

Equity Framework: Leadership

Equity Framework: Culture

Equity Framework: Practice

4. Personal Equity
Equity Success: Frankford Elementary

Individual Collectivism

Overcoming Biases

Acknowledging Privilege

Missionary Syndrome

Personal Equity Equals Passion

5. Institutional Equity
Equity Success: Sanger Unified School District

Understanding Institutionalism

Dominant Culture: Whiteness

Institutionalized Whiteness

Who Equitably Benefits?

Institutionalized Equity Equals Persistence

6. Professional Equity
Equity Success: Dunbar High School

Shifting Practice

Practice to Theory

Equitizing Standards

Implementing Equity

7. Moral Equity
Equity Plus Excellence

Equity Success: Behrman Charter Elementary

Staring Down Failure

The Journey Behind - The Journey Ahead

Internalizing Equity

Driving Equity


"By examining schools that are successful with traditionally underserved students of color through an equity lens, Curtis Linton offers a practical approach to education reform that leaves no room for excuses."

Isla Govan, Consultant and Facilitator
Cross Cultural Connections, LLC, Renton, WA

“The 'real' work of educational communities can only be achieved when we take into account the needs of all learners. As Linton clearly demonstrates, we must use our equity lens to ensure achievement for all.”

Naomi Khalil, Director, Instructional Equity
Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, MI

“Linton provides a thought-provoking and reflective stare into our roles as educators. This book touched me personally and professionally. Linton’s stories validated my own experiences. Race does play a role in how children are educated, but it need not be a roadblock to excellence.”

Tiffany S. Powell, Coordinator, Office of Diversity
Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, KS

“Curtis Linton's Equity 101 provides today's educators with a practical guide for transforming their schools into ideal places of learning where all students and their teachers perform at optimum levels and equity is the norm.”

Dorothy J. Kelly, Retired Education Administrator
Kirkwood, MO
Key features

(1) Introduces a simple but powerful conceptual framework that helps individuals and institutions move along the path to equity. 

(2) Based upon the common characteristics observed in highly successful diverse schools throughout North America 

(3) Readers will have access to online videos that are keyed to central concepts of the four books. 

Sample Materials & Chapters



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