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



May 2003 | 178 pages | Corwin
`I feel it makes a contribution to the field in that 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 NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) District Principal

What sets this book apart from other writing about school leadership and successful schools is the authors' unflinching belief that there is great hope, in the midst of great hypocrisy, that American schools can narrow and eventually eliminate the achievement gap. James Joesph Scheurich and Linda Skrla make clear that there should be only one agenda for every classroom, school, and district in America. All students, regardless of culture, races, ethnicity, economics, language, gender, and lifestyle must be educated to attain well-defined high standards of learning.

The authors demonstrate how leaders in such schools mobilize faculty, staff, and community to openly study inequities among students and how standards, curriculum, and assessments are used as levers for identifying and improving student achievement. They describe how leaders promote purposeful and collaborative classrooms among teachers, administrators, and parents to improve instruction, create with others a climate of care, and use accountability and "equity audits" to continuously scan for inequities across multiple domains of student learning and activities. This book is both eloquent in its simplicity to understand and deeply moving in its call to action. It will provide you with a world of practice - drawn from schools, faculty, and leaders who make the belief, the practice of their work

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

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