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.

Professional Equity

Professional equity

Afriend's mother once described being a professional as “getting paid for what you like to do.” Of all professional fields, education surely has one of the highest percentages of workers who entered the field for the satisfaction of the work, and not just the paycheck or recognition. But teaching, and leading teachers, is simply hard work—endless, thankless, criticized, and stressful. Being an educator need not be fraught with frustration, for with success comes satisfaction—and in an equitable school where all students are at grade level and above, this success fulfills the aspirations most educators had for entering education in the first place: to change the life of a child.

To accomplish equity, educators must work at the personal, institutional, and professional levels. Personal ...

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