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Collective Equity

Collective Equity
A Movement for Creating Communities Where We All Can Breathe

Foreword by John Almarode

January 2022 | 216 pages | Corwin

It’s time for a new beginning

As we transition through very uncertain and challenging times, we have a chance to start again—and do better as a Collective. With newfound acknowledgment of the damage done by structural inequities, systemic racism, and implicit bias, we are ready to create communities that value and support everyone.

In education, that means challenging and dismantling systems that have harmed historically marginalized children and families for generations. Here you’ll find a powerful model for using relational trust, cultural humility, and appreciation of diverse perspectives to build learning communities that collectively uplift all students and all members of the learning community. Features include

  • An original Collective Equity Framework for creating transformative equitable learning environments
  • Protocols for enacting cultural humility, vulnerability, and mutuality dispositions leveraged to create culturally sustaining learning communities
  • Strategies and tools for organizational analyses to guide conversations that support the implementation of culturally fortifying practices at organizational, curricular, programmatic, and instructional levels
  • A behavioral-outcome measurement tool for charting the progress of the members of the Collective towards developing culturally conscious actions and equity focused outcomes.
  • Vignettes and case studies from district and school leaders reflecting examples of how the collective members of their organizations work towards creating transformative equitable learning environments

Positive outcomes always take work. When we build relational trust, value and validate the dimensions of identities for all members in the learning community as a Collective, we are able to create Equity Pathways and Equity Pavers to chart a new course where we can ALL Breathe and achieve our shared objective: educational equity for all.

Publisher’s Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Coming Together
Coming Together Through Our Shared Truth

Working Together

Coming Together to Work Together

Connecting Dimensions of Identity

Community Agreements and Equity Fatigue

Coming Together Using a Collective Equity Framework

Equity Pathways and Equity Pavers

Understanding the Three Levels of Culture

From Culturally Conscious to Culturally Humble (An Equity Pathway)

Chapter 2: Cultivating an Environment of Collective Equity
From Deficit Thinking to Asset-Based Actions

Shared Truths and Purpose

Vision and Mission Development

Essential Components of Collective Equitable Cultures

Collective Engagement by Design Process

Chapter 3: Enacting Motivation and Relational Trust for the Collective Equity Movement
Relational Trust

The Circle of Trust Approach

The Art of the Heart

The Stimuli of Building Relational Trust

Motivation to Nurture the Collective

Can We Breathe?

Chapter 4: Culturally Fortifying Practices
From Equity Moves to Culturally Fortifying Transformational Practices

Culturally Fortifying Classroom Strategies

Chapter 5: Equity Dispositions for The Collective
Cultural Sustainability

From Systems to Classrooms

Collective Efficacy

Collective Equity Dispositions

Chapter 6: Realizing the Promise of Collective Equity
Leading for Collective Equity

Collective Equity Leadership Attributes

Disrupting Systems of Oppression and Inequity

Engaging the Collective

Equity Pathways

Equity Pavers

Final Words From the Authors

"Sonja Hollins-Alexander and Nicole Law use a highly interactive and practical approach to conveying the theories and best practices of realizing the imperative of collective equity."

James McKay
School Superintendent, Community High School District 117

"Collective Equity is timely at any stage of professional development. It will help to set the stage for prospective educators and challenge them to think deeply about the importance of collectively and authentically providing instruction. It will help to strengthen their capacity to engage and commit to consistent proven practices that best meet the varied needs of students. This book charges us to be lifelong learners.

Dr. Theresa W. Yeldell, Ed.D
High School Principal, Milwaukee Public Schools

"Successful implementation of educational equity requires joining forces with all school stakeholders to build brave spaces where all voices and perspectives are acknowledged, affirmed, and validated.  This is the key to unlock creativity, innovation, and sustained commitment. Collective Equity provides a blueprint of the essential dispositions, components, structures, and reflection tools for engagement in this never-ending equity journey.  Collective equity brings the plane down to earth so that we can close the knowing and doing gap."

Waldo V. Alvarado, M.S.Ed.
Director of Equity and Diversity, Reading School District

"Sonja Hollins-Alexander and Nicole Law eloquently illustrate the synergy that can happen in a collective learning community to address inequities and make a real impact in schools.  Send a copy of this book to every school administrator, classroom teacher, and policymaker you can find and urge them to read it.

Ron Wahlen
Director of Digital Teaching and Learning, Durham Public Schools

This book is ideal for students to explore inequalities and equity linking it with their own values and ethics. The guided activities allow for focus and application of learning.

Ms Kirsty Fraser
Health and Applied Social Sciences, Worcester University
March 30, 2022

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