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Using Equity Audits in the Classroom to Reach and Teach All Students

Using Equity Audits in the Classroom to Reach and Teach All Students

First Edition
  • Kathryn Bell McKenzie - Texas A&M University, College Station & California State University, Stanislaus - Professor Emerita
  • Linda Skrla - Texas A&M University, USA

Foreword by Christine Sleeter

July 2011 | 128 pages | Corwin

Raise your equity awareness quotient

In this time of changing demographics and increased diversity, many teachers find that existing strategies to promote equity are only successful with some of the students in their classes. This book provides teachers with new strategies and tools that will work for all children, including those with diverse needs. The authors outline a wide range of methods to help teachers:

  • Assess their competency in teaching all students
  • Embrace self-reflection and be open to change
  • Evaluate and assess student achievement
  • Develop high-quality teaching skills and an equity consciousness that leads to success with all students

Every chapter of this easy-to-read and content-rich text contains a wealth of assessment tools and discussion tools that guide educators to greater equity and excellence. Teachers will find practical strategies for raising student achievement and closing the achievement gap.

About the Authors
1. Introduction
A Brief Overview of Our Work on Equity Audits

Previews of Chapters 2-9

Chapter Conclusion

Section I. Conceptual and Historical Frameworks
2. Equitable and Excellent Teaching
Equity Consciousness Preassessment

Equity Consciousness Defined

Research on Equity Consciousness

Research on High-Quality Teaching Skills

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

3. Qualities of Equitable and Excellent Classrooms
An Example of an Equitable and Excellent School: Tice Elementary

Classroom Equity Assessment

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

4. Auditing for Equity and Excellence
Equity Audits in International Settings

Equity Audits in U.S. Education

Refining Equity Audits Into a Usable Tool

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

Section II. Equity Auditing in the Classroom
5. Auditing for Teaching and Learning
Active Cognitive Engagement

What Our Critics Might Say

Zone of Self-Efficacy

An Auditing Tool: Teaching and Learning Tours

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

6. Auditing for Discipline
Research on Discipline

Reasons for Discipline Disproportionality

Auditing Tools for Examining Classroom Disciplinary Practices

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

7. Auditing for Parental Involvement
What Research Says About Parental Involvement

Classroom Parental Involvement Inventory

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

8. Auditing for Programmatic Equity
Advanced Placement

Gifted and Talented Programs

Special Education

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

9. Conclusion

"Equity audits are critical to improving the services we provide in today's diverse classroom. It is crucial that teachers and administrators see the inequities in the system and establish the protocols necessary to level the field." 

Maria J. Carrillo, Science Teacher
Health and Science High School, Beaverton, OR

“It is essential, but woefully insufficient, to desire excellence and equity. We need detailed, evidence-based, practical maps and guides.  This powerful, useful book will chart our path beyond current inequities toward the assurance of quality teaching and learning for all.”

Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director
National Center for Urban School Transformation

Equity is a main focus of the class.

Dr Leslie Locke
Educational Leadership and School Counseling, University of Southern Mississippi
August 3, 2013
Key features

Question boxes, cases, and graphic organizers were used in the previous text with much success. These will be included in the proposed book as well as personal assessments in the form of check lists and Likert scales. Each chapter will include heuristics or guiding assessments.

This book will provide teachers with 1) tools to assess their competency teaching all students, 2) strategies for developing high quality teaching skills and an equity consciousness, leading to success with all students, 3) evaluations to assess student and teacher progress toward high achievement and an equity consciousness, and 4) skills for working with others in an environment that requires self-reflection and change.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Introduciton

Chapter 2

For instructors

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