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Shattering Inequities


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Foreword Michael Fullan Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: How Do Equity Leaders Get Started? Chapter 1: A Moral Imperative Equity Hook: Go to Work and Look for Trouble Chapter 2: Data as an Equity Engine Equity Hook: Beware the Wallpaper Effect! Part II: How Do Impactful Equity Leaders Lead? Chapter 3: When Adult Behavior Poses Equity Challenges Equity Hook: Everyone's Got a Story Chapter 4: Inspiring Equity Action Equity Hook: Lead with a Flashlight, Not a Club Chapter 5: Growing a Culture of Equity Equity Hook: I Want You To Want to Chapter 6: The Power of Expectations Equity Hook: Language Is a Window Into Belief Systems Chapter 7: Setting the Conditions for Building Collective Equity Muscle Equity Hook: A Star Does Not a Constellation Make Part III: What Are the Most Common Threats to Equity Leadership? Chapter 8: Self-Imposed Equity Hurdles Equity Hook: Get Out of Your Own Way Conclusion: Make Educational Equity Your True North Equity Hook: Do You Want To Be Right or Do Right? References About the Authors Index

About the Author

Robin Avelar La Salle earned her Ph.D. in education from Stanford University and is the Co-founder and CEO of Principal's Exchange; a technical assistance organization with a 20 years history partnering with schools and districts that serve struggling students. Her career as an "equity warrior" is captured in her book, "Data Strategies to Uncover and Eliminate Hidden Inequities: The Wallpaper Effect: (co-authored with Dr. Ruth Johnson). Ruth Johnson, is a nationally known expert in the use of data to promote equity. She is the author of several books including ''Data Strategies to Uncover and Eliminate Hidden Inequities: The Wallpaper Effect'' (with co-author Dr. Avelar La Salle), and ''Using Data to Close the Achievement Gap,'' a bestselling book published by Corwin Press.


Shattering Inequities is a powerful yet practical guide for educators who seek to address deeply entrenched disparities in the educational experiences of their students. Written in a style that is clear and direct, this book will serve as an invaluable asset to educators who seek to make a difference in their schools, and in the lives of the children they serve. -- Pedro Noguera Ph.D, Distinguished Professor of Education, faculty director, Center for the Transformation of Schools, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
I believe that all educators come to their work to make a difference for the children who need us the most. Holding that desire in your heart is a necessary condition, but alone will not make a difference. It takes thoughtful, strategic and deliberate action to accomplish this. Robin and Ruth give you a roadmap with proven paths to turn your good intentions into reality for the children you serve. You simply add courage and determination. If you can only read one book this year, read this one. -- Laura Schwalm, retired superintendent, Garden Grove School District, senior partner, California Education Partners
Shattering Inequities is for anyone that finds educational disparities unacceptable and wants to initiate sustainable strategies to eliminate these gaps. Avelar La Salle & Johnson's honest appraisals of personal and systemic barriers, paired with their "equity hooks" offer practical guidance that will take you from wanting to see a change in your school to being the change agent that makes it happen. -- Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, associate director of research, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University
Shattering Inequities is written for educational leaders with the courage and readiness to expose those systemic practices and mindsets that betray the promise of educational equality for students from historically-disenfranchised communities. The reader profits from what we've learned from academic research, combined with the authors' years of on-the-ground experience working in schools. Avelar La Salle and Johnson provide a myriad of proven strategies for imagining and instituting new practices that enable all students to achieve academic success. The text is consistently engaging, replete with brainy concepts, metaphors, and moral imperatives that simultaneously enlighten, inspire, and instruct. -- Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar Ph.D, author, "Manufacturing Hope & Despair", The School and Kin Support Networks of U.S.-Mexican Youth
At last- a solution that guarantees that kids get what they need and deserve. Should everyone embrace the strategies and courage needed to do the work recommended in the reading, we won't have to worry about educational gaps any longer. -- Paul Gothold, Superintendent, San Diego County Office of Education
In this book it is claimed, up front and loudly, that all students are entitled to the best education regardless of family circumstance or zip code -and all means ALL. But it takes courage, and we need to be esteeming leaders who remove the predictability of success or failures that currently correlate with any social or cultural factor. Shattering Inequities provides the directions, methods, and imperative to deliver on this claim. You just need to bring the courage to deliver. -- John Hattie, Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne, co-author of "Visible Learning Feedback"

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