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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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