"This is a book I didn't know I needed until I read it. But now that I have read it, I will read it again and again with my leadership team. The authors have provided some powerful lessons about transformative leadership through personal stories that are moving, compelling and captivating."
—Sarah Jerome, Superintendent
Arlington Heights School District 25, IL
"The authors serve as wonderful role models for young women of color, who will enjoy reading about where the authors come from and how far they have gone. Their insightful stories will contribute to the development of more female leaders in our country."
—Daniel Domenech, Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators
"Franco, Ott and Robles share three compelling stories that answer both the why and how questions concerning the urgent need for culturally proficient learning experiences for every American student."
—Robert Hill, Director of Education Initiatives
The Ball Foundation
Three successful superintendents share how to educate all students
Extending democracy into schools so that every child has the opportunity to achieve is the topic of many books and conversations. The three Latina superintendents who coauthored this book do more than discuss the issue of equity in education—they live it. They grew up affected by it, taught students who needed it, and changed the minds of those who resisted it. These trailblazing women chronicle their childhoods, careers, and challenges and share their vision to transform schools into places of equity and excellence. They use the lens of cultural proficiency to enhance readers' understanding of:
- Barriers to educational opportunity and equity
- Conditions that help promote success for underserved students
- Ways to leverage culture as an asset
- Links between high-quality education for some and excellence for all learners
A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School is filled with reflective prompts, self-check protocols, and other tools for deep and meaningful professional learning. Not only do these remarkable women serve as role models for students from all cultures, their success stories are a source of inspiration to all educators who aspire to extend the promises of democracy to every North American student.