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Leadership for Equity and Excellence
Creating High-Achievement Classrooms, Schools, and Districts



March 2003 | 178 pages | Corwin

"It brings into focus the many aspects of equity and equality in one source. It makes an excellent base for some meaningful discussion of these issues by those working with aspiring educator leaders, as well as those already in the field."
Deborah A. Drugan, Principal
General John J. Stefanik Elementary School, Chicopee, MA

When true equity prevails, all students can be successful students!

Do you dream of success for every student? Do you dream of raising achievement for each and every child to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act? Historically, underserved students—children of color, children from low-income families, English language learners—all deserve to live this dream. Creating an equitable learning environment in which all students thrive is possible—with this guide you can turn dreams into reality for your school.

Leadership for Equity and Excellence encourages school leaders and teachers to develop creative strategies for student advancement using tools such as accountability, equity audits, and proactive redundancy. Scheurich and Skrla demonstrate how deeply held beliefs manifest as biases, preventing educators from unlocking their students' potential. The authors also examine the U.S. education achievement gap, and suggest several concepts for overcoming this gap, such as:

  • Eliminating "can't" from your vocabulary
  • Using creativity, perseverance, and persistence
  • Envisioning educators as civil rights workers
  • Moving beyond harmful, but entrenched, biases
  • Understanding the cultures and backgrounds of each student

Children of color excelling in school . . . children from low-income homes thriving academically . . . classrooms, communities, and even a nation of people becoming truly equal—this is the living dream of today's educators.


Carl D. Glickman
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Working on the Dream
What We Will Cover in the Book

 
 
2. Learning To Believe the Dream Is Possible
Barriers to Believing

 
Learning to Believe

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. Standards and Curriculum
Why Use Standards?

 
The Necessity of Curriculum Alignment

 
How Allignment of Standards and Curriculum Works in Creating Equitable and Excellent Schools

 
Conclusion

 
 
4. Instruction and Classroom Climate
High Expectations and Respect

 
Culturally Responsive Teaching

 
Loving and Caring in the Classroom

 
Democratic, Collaborative Teaching Environments

 
Continual Development of Content Expertise

 
Discipline Problems Are Largely a Function of Inequity, a Lack of Caring, and Weak Instruction

 
Conclusion

 
 
5. Accountability and Appropriate Data Usage
Avoiding the Test Factory Response to Accountability

 
Using Accountability Positively for Equitable and Excellent Schooling

 
Conclusion

 
 
6. Using Data to Uncover and Erase Systemic Inequities
Applying Equity Audits to Gifted and Talented Program Data

 
Using Equity Audits on Special Education Data

 
Using Equity Audits on Discipline

 
A Process for Addressing Inequities Identified by Equity Audits

 
Using Equity Audits on Achievement Data and Teacher Quality Data

 
Conclusion

 
 
7. School Leadership and Continuous Improvement
Three Essential Characteristics of Leadership for Equity and Excellence

 
Sustaining Yourself as a Leader for Equity and Excellence

 
A Note for Campus and District Leaders on Building Leadership Capacity

 
A Note to Principals and District Leaders About Assistant Principals

 
Conclusion

 
 
8. Proactive Redundancy
Proactive Redundancy in the Classroom

 
Proactive Redundancy in Teacher Professional Development

 
Proactive Redundancy Involving District Support Staff

 
The Importance of Proactive Redundancy in Equitable and Excellent Schools

 
Conclusion

 
 
9. Deep Collaboration with Parents and Community
Conclusion

 
 
10. The Final Call: Working on the Dream Each Day in Every Way
What We See in the Future

 
Final Words, the Final Call

 
 
References
 
Index

"It brings into focus the many aspects of equity and equality in one source. It makes an excellent base for some meaningful discussion of these issues by those working with aspiring educator leaders, as well as those already in the field."

Deborah A. Drugan, Principal
General John J. Stefanik Elementary School, Chicopee, MA
Key features
  • Equity is a perennial topic, but with the changing demographics of the U.S., the topic is receiving tremendous attention and fast becoming a "hot topic."
  • The Bush administration is focusing on accountability, as well as the field of education, and the accountability framework for this book support that focus.
  • Both authors have been exceptionally visible in this area, presenting frequently at UCEA, AERA, NCPEA, AND AASA, and have published several journal articles leading up to this book (including a guest-edited volume of EUS). I began discussing the project with them almost three years ago.
  • Only equity book to take a districtwide approach, with a concentrated focus on accountability and achievement.
  • Unique author-created Equity and Excellence Audit tool is included.

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