Equity is key to eliminating achievement gaps

Can today's schools help all students achieve at grade level, regardless of race, income, ethnicity, gender, and language? In Equity 101, visit schools and school systems that have created the expectations, rigor, relevancy, and relationships in order that high levels of achievement become the norm, no matter the student's diversity. This first volume of a four-book series outlines a simple, yet powerful Equity Framework for school leaders to implement institutional equity.

Based on the common characteristics observed in highly successful diverse schools throughout North America, Equity 101 provides the foundation necessary for educational leaders and teachers to equitize their school and school systems by addressing systemic limitations, racism, and biases. Join best-selling author Curtis Linton in examining Whiteness as a lens for understanding our personal, institutional, and professional responsibilities in building equity for all students.

Readers have access to on-demand videos and an online community keyed to central concepts of the four books: The Equity Framework, Leadership, Culture, and Practice. Ultimately, this powerful series provides a clear vision and action plan for creating system equity—a place where excellence is the norm for all students.

Institutional Equity

Institutional equity

Recently, I worked in Jones County, Georgia. At lunch, Verneda Appling, a kind and quiet African American woman who was only days away from retiring as assistant superintendent, engaged me in conversation about the morning's training. With the district leadership, we had engaged in a great discussion defining equity and describing what it looks like. Putting forth one additional effort to positively impact the school system she had so faithfully served, Appling leaned over toward me and said, “It's only equity if they actually do it.”

To reiterate, the definition of equity works to describe what an equitable classroom, school, and school system looks like:

Educators provide all students with the individual support they need to reach and exceed a common standard.

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