Good intentions are not enough—create a bold new leadership paradigm to achieve equity in opportunities and outcomes!
If you're serious about providing a level playing field for all, it is time to do more than identify and lament the reasons for educational disparities and why they persist. John Robert Browne II shows how Culturally Courageous Leadership by all school community stakeholders can help you achieve equitable learning opportunities and outcomes for all students. This practical guide:
Shows how to develop realistic, data-based plans for putting equity initiatives into action; Helps district and school administrators work with teacher, parent, student, and community leaders to advance equity and excellence; Provides concrete examples of what it takes to empower staff and stakeholders through collaborative leadership; Offers tips on how to navigate the politics when addressing the interface between identity, race, culture, poverty, primary language, and achievement
School-based examples, role-play activities, profiles of educators exemplifying leadership for equity, “make it personal” questions, facilitator notes, and diagnostic assessments are provided so you can engage your entire school or district community in equity transformation. If you are ready to take on the challenge of becoming an “equity warrior,” then Walking the Equity Talk will show you the path forward.
Introduction to the Guide
Educators and families with children of school age in the 21st century are witnessing a sea shift, equivalent to a tsunami, in the challenges and changes being implemented or on the horizon that will fundamentally and permanently impact the nature of the teaching and learning process. We must make sure that none are left behind during this cataclysm. The contemporary experiences of teachers and school site administrators, especially those in culturally diverse low-income urban settings, give new meaning to the phrase “being on the firing line.”
Everyone seems to have an opinion about what is wrong with the schools and what needs to be done differently, many of them using data to buttress their point of view. The mass ...