Creating Schools That Students Deserve
Foreword by Larry Leverett, A Joint Publication with Learning Forward
Leadership | School Change, Reform, & Restructuring | Social Justice
Advance equity by learning to crack the system’s codes
We must act now, using what we already know, to advance equity and raise the achievement of every student. With three decades of leading equity work across the country, George S. Perry Jr. issues a call to action for educational leaders who are willing to fight the fight for equity for all students.
School and district leaders will encounter roadblocks as they enact systemic change, but Equity Warriors introduces practical, realistic, and strategic approaches for navigating those barriers. Equity Warriors equips education leaders with the moves they can make today to achieve the vision that every student becomes a high achiever by
- Providing real school and district examples of systemic equity efforts
- Demonstrating the parallel work that school and district teams must do to achieve and sustain systemic change
- Cracking the codes in the domains of politics, diplomacy, and warfare to achieve the equity agenda.
Equity Warriors is a must read for leaders at all levels of the system who have chosen to be in this fight and are ready to do what it takes to make the system work for all students.
Chapter 1: District leaders define equity by knowing students and finding allies
This section of Equity Warriors chapter 1 includes the section introduction and an exploration of balancing conflicts to build an equity agenda.
I hope district and school leaders will consider this book as a handbook for educational equity success. It delves deep into what all leaders need to be thinking about, talking about and doing to make their schools the best they can be for all students.
Equity Warriors will have an enormous impact in schools as it addresses the how and why to authentic outcomes to address equity issues in schools. The case studies and wisdom within are essential reading for everyone.
This book is incredibly timely and relevant in a world where educators and educational leaders are crying out for change; for help and support to meet the complex learning needs of all our students to ensure every child can by a high achiever; for those who make decisions that affect schooling to make them with ‘every child’ in mind... We are living in world affected by crises after crises, systemic bias and racism, lack of faith in politicians and those in positions of power, and amidst all that, this book inspires educators to act with hope and deliberation, to enact change within the constraints that exist, to work with what we already have to improve outcomes for all of our students.
This book provides practical, realistic and useful guidance for system and school leaders to enact change. You don’t come away thinking, “Those are great ideas, I just don’t know how to enact them”, as there are enough specific suggestions for exactly ‘what’ each leader can do, to the point of being an equity ‘road map’ for leaders.
Equity is an extremely relevant and timely topic that is essential for all school leaders and all schools and communities. This book provides critically important research and very relevant examples for consideration. The suggestions in ‘your move’ throughout the book provide actions for positive and meaningful steps that school leaders can take to move forward
This book is a timely response to our need to discuss uncomfortable topics in an uncomfortable time. Solutions are presented as well as a well-articulated presentation of the problem. This is worth the read. It may change the trajectory of a child’s life.
What school leaders are not taught well is how to initiate change that will lead to educational improvement for all students. Equity Warriors is a doing, leading book, and not a sit back in a sun-lounge reading book. I took away a treasure trove of internationally applicable ideas that I can use in my school today. So, if you want to make a real, moral difference to the lives of the kids that we teach you will find this road map so rewarding.
Equity Warriors provides a relevant call to action for every school and district leaders. The authors implore educators to make their move and takes steps towards greater equity in every school. This is a must-read for new and experienced educational leaders!
This book is a great guide to ensure all district and school site leaders have an equity foundation with researched based protocols to support leaders in becoming equity warriors.