Guide your school through its cultural proficiency transformation Despite the best efforts of equity leaders, our schools suffer from persistent inequities. Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity is a must-read for anyone who values equity and excellence and supports the professional learning of adults in our schools. Author John Krownapple helps readers develop as culturally proficient facilitators, and equips them with the skills, tools, and techniques to navigate the obstacles that arise during systemic equity transformations. • Includes a powerful, running vignette that illustrates common challenges, principles, and solutions • Focuses on mental models for managing group energy • Is grounded in a systems model for personal and organizational transformation • Provides a range of tools for planning culturally proficient learning experiences This is the book leaders need to learn how to facilitate a group’s journey from awareness to commitment to action in support of inclusion and equity. “What John has done here is remarkable. He’s taken the intuitive art of facilitation, illustrated it with a story, and explained it with theory, data and graphic examples. It’s clear, cohesive, comprehensive, and integrated. I like that we follow one story throughout, and that a plethora of facilitation techniques are embedded in that story. I particularly like how facilitation is contrasted with training. John has broken the facilitation rubric into bite-sized pieces, which makes it useful to leaders of professional learning. I love this book; Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity is a book we’ve all been waiting for.” Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Author of Fish Out of Water “Based in abundant research, this valuable book contains myriad strategies and protocols for building collective efficacy in educational teams. It is a must for those who wish to perfect their facilitation skills, who desire a deeper understanding of the emotional and cognitive transformation during the human journey of personal enlightenment, and for those who believe that the future of our democracy depends on equity and cultural proficiency.” Arthur L. Costa, Professor Emeritus California State University, Sacramento
If a picture is worth a thousand words, so is an allegory. Let’s take an allegorical overview of Cultural Proficiency as a vehicular journey. Change is a journey. We have our destination: excellence with equity in education. We have our map: Cultural Proficiency theory (including this book). Cultural Proficiency is process; in our allegory, process is the driving. Cultural Proficiency is also content; content provides the theoretical framework that is the car (imagine a little red car, if you like). This car (the framework) is made up of numerous parts (the tools) that remain idle and stationary unless they are ignited and powered through human action.
The ignition is our free will. The engine is dialogue lubricated with authentic engagement. The fuel ...