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.

Three Equity Warriors

Three equity warriors

Cultural courageousness is not for the faint of heart.

The three equity warriors discussed in this chapter each have very unique personalities and consistently demonstrate strong congruence between their sense of self, life purpose, and the walk behind their talk. The descriptions of these three personalities and some of their work-related situational contexts are a natural sequel to every topic, condition, and challenge discussed in this guide. The primary goal is to provide examples of how to model as well as lead equity transformation and navigate the political land mines which may get in the way.

Personal information is provided on each “warrior,” their equity interventions, and some of the politics each has successfully navigated. The stories of the equity warriors should ...

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