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.

The Absence of Cultural Democracy

The absence of cultural democracy

Most schools in the United States influence their students' perception of who is entitled and has special privileges in our society, through curricula and instructional practices.

Without there being any explicit directives verbally or in writing, educators may unwittingly communicate through what they do and don't do whether every child is equally valued. What happens between kindergarten and the fourth or fifth grade that causes the historically underserved student who had unbridled enthusiasm for learning when they were 5 years old to become self-doubtful and alienated in school 4 years later? Certainly there are many out-of-school factors, such as medical care and insurance, food security, pollutants, child abuse, and neighborhood norms, that greatly impact student school success ...

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