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The Principal as Leader of the Equitable School

The Principal as Leader of the Equitable School

August 2012 | 176 pages | Corwin

Equitable schools equal high achievement for all students!

The Principal as Leader of the Equitable School is an invaluable book that provides an expanding awareness of equity issues to not only principals and district leaders, but also school equity committees. From the novice to the experienced school leader, readers will discover how to create a learning community that erases achievement gaps and welcomes students of all backgrounds, including students of color, students with disabilities, and students of poverty. This new volume in the Leading Achievement Series provides action steps for:

  • Establishing a climate that promotes equity
  • Empowering and supervising staff to accelerate change
  • Garnering support and involvement from students and the community
  • Assessing progress toward equity and sustaining growth

Offering reader-friendly tools for reflection, case studies, and action items, The Principal as Leader of the Equitable School helps you transform equity issues into successful outcomes for all learners.

1. Why Leading for Equity and Diversity Is Important
Current Contexts  
The Moral Imperative  
Knowledge, Difference, and Diversity  
Frameworks for Action  
Chapter Summary  
Case Study: Negotiating Barriers to Student Success  
Reflection Activity  
Principals' Action Steps  
2. Leading the Equitable School: Foundational Understandings
Purposes of Education  
Exclusion and Oppression  
Working in Systems of Accountability  
Inclusive Leadership  
Chapter Summary  
Case Study: The Field Trip Plan  
Reflection Activity  
Principals' Action Steps  
3. The Personal Journey
Social and Cultural Identities  
(De)constructing Narratives  
Stalking Our Stories: Unearthing, Unraveling, Understanding, and Unfolding  
Acknowledging Your Power  
Awareness and Reflection  
Learning for Inclusivity and Collaboration  
Chapter Summary  
Case Study: An Early Story of School  
Reflection Activity  
Principals' Action Steps  
4. Creating a School Climate That Promotes Equity
School Climate and Leadership  
School Climate and Family and Community Partnerships  
School Climate and Expectations for Students  
School Climate and Student Outcomes  
Chapter Summary  
Case Study: Prevention Is the Key  
Reflection Activity  
Principals' Action Steps  
5. Working With Staff
Being Strategic  
Norms of Operation  
Facilitating Courageous Conversations  
Catalysts for Discussion  
Understanding Communication Styles  
Dealing With Overt Acts of Harassment  
Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy  
Inclusive Approaches to Supervision  
Chapter Summary  
Case Study: "Stuck" in the Library  
Reflection Activity: Critically Questioning Daily Practices  
Principals' Action Steps  
6. Working With Students
Inclusive Curriculum  
The Mirrors and Windows Concept  
Student Leadership and Voice  
Social Justice Initiatives  
Honoring Noncurricular Skills and Contributions  
Chapter Summary  
Case Study: What's it all About?  
Reflection Activity  
Principals' Action Steps  
7. Working With Community
What Is a Family?  
School, Family, and Community Partnerships  
Articulating a Vision for Parent Engagement  
Getting to Know Your Community  
Building Communication  
Capacity Building for Family and Community Engagement and Partnerships  
Reducing and Eliminating Barriers  
Chapter Summary  
Case Study: Trouble With Penguins  
Reflection Activity 1  
Reflection Activity 2  
Principals' Action Steps  
8. Assessing Progress
Equity and Reflective Practice  
The Equity Walk  
Tools and Resources
Equity Walk Matrix and Reflective Questions  
Six Levels of Workplace Cultural Proficiency (Workplace and School Settings)  
Stalking Our Stories, Knowing Our Selves  
Building a Cultural Profile  
Ladder of Inference  
James A. Banks's Inclusive Curriculum Framework  
Acknowledging Power Wheel  

"This book gives the school leader many opportunities for examining practice and encouraging change in the way our schools relate to students and the school community at large. Even if it only helps the school leader make a single positive change for a student or group at the school, it will have been worth the time spent."

Cathy Patterson, 5th Grade Teacher
Walnut Valley USD, Walnut, CA
Key features
  • A discussion of the link between equitable schools and student achievement is threaded throughout the book, with consideration of how equity initiatives encourage student success and how they mesh with literacy and numeracy standards
  • End-of-chapter reflection/action templates include guiding questions, templates for reflection, and strategies for putting reflection into action
  • Case studies illuminate the topics discussed in each chapter and portray all members of the school community—from students and teachers to parents and community players
  • A "Personal Journey" chapter focuses on the personal journey of educational leaders that strive to do authentic equity work in their schools and explores how to go about starting an internal journey of personal reflection and transformation
  • A variety of theoretical frameworks on equity and inclusion are presented for a balanced approach, including among them the Cultural Proficiency Framework, The James Banks Model, and James Ryan's Inclusive Leadership Model
  • A chapter on assessment provides tools and a vision/image of what equitable schools look like in several dimensions

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