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Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student

Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student

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Courageous, inspiring examples of educational equity in action!

This illuminating book builds the case that equity is the most powerful means we have to lift all children to higher achievement and to benefit society at large. Readers will find:

  • Examples of high-leverage practices used by award-winning schools and districts
  • System-level examples of excellence through equity including whole state and district-wide
  • Examples of classroom level practice that lead to success for students from underserved populations as well as for their more privileged peers
  • A powerful concluding chapter that focuses on what we can learn from other nations that have pursued the goals of educational equity

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416622505
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 03/04/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 66,315
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the Book of the Year award from Learning Forward. Alan is Senior Editor, lead contributor, and/or author of 18 books, including Excellence Through Equity with Pedro Noguera, (In Press). He also authored some 20 articles in leading education print including Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Principal, and Executive Educator. Alan has provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major U.S. Ed Org, and throughout the UK, Africa, and the Middle East. Alan has served on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, and the Jewish Child Care Agency, where he once was a youth in residence.

Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and in the Department of Sociology at New York University. He is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).

He is the author of The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada (Peter Lang Publishers, 1997), City Schools and the American Dream (Teachers College Press 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006) City Kids, City Teachers with Bill Ayers and Greg Michie (New Press 2008), and his most recent book is The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008). Noguera has also appeared as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.

Table of Contents

Part I. For Every Student
Introduction: Achieving Excellence Through Equity for Every Student - Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera
Chapter 1. Brockton High School, Brockton, Massachusetts - Susan Szachowicz
Chapter 2. The Path to Equity: Whole System Change - Michael Fullan
Part II. Getting to Your Core
Chapter 3. Building a School of Opportunity Begins With Detracking - Carol Corbett Burris
Chapter 4. The Voices and Hearts of Youth: Transformative Power of Equity in Action - Linda Harper
Chapter 5. Empowering Students and Teachers Through Performance-Based Assessment - Avram Barlowe and Ann Cook
Part III. Making Organizational Meaning
Chapter 6. Human Capital as a Lever for Districtwide Change - Ann Blakeney Clark
Chapter 7. Personalized Learning - Allison Zmuda
Chapter 8. Who Wants a Standardized Child Anyway? Treat Everyone the Same—Differently - Dennis Littky
Chapter 9. Equitable Ways to Teach Science to Emergent Bilinguals and Immigrant Youth - Estrella Olivares-Orellana
Part IV. Ensuring Constancy and Consistency of Purpose
Chapter 10. The Journey Toward Equity and Excellence: The Massachusetts Experience - Paul Reville
Part V. Facing the Facts and Your Fears
Chapter 11. Focusing on Equity Propelled Us From Good to Great: Abington School District’s Opportunity to Learn Initiative - Amy F. Sichel and Ann H. Bacon
Chapter 12. Equity and Achievement in the Elementary School: How We Redesigned Our Math Instruction to Increase Achievement for Every Child - Darlene Berg
Part VI. Building Sustainable Relationships
Chapter 13. A Journey Toward Equity and Excellence for All Students in Chesterfield - Marcus J. Newsome
Chapter 14. Equity Through Expanded Learning Time - Lucy N. Friedman and Saskia Traill
Part VII. Coda
Chapter 15. The Iniquity of Inequity: And Some International Clues About Ways to Address It - Andy Hargreaves

What People are Saying About This

Brenda Yoho

Education is not something we do to children; it is something we do with children. Children are the travelers on an educational journey. We are the tour guides. Each traveler comes with a different set of luggage and as a tour guide we need to help provide them with the best accommodations, modifications and enrichments to help them maximize their journey. As they send out their postcards, we want to make sure each is full of equal opportunities! You see these are our future tour guides and they will design future destinations for the travelers who come.

Daniel A. Domenech

Equity is not ensuring that all children receive the same thing, but ensuring that every child gets what he or she needs in order to succeed. Pedro Noguera and Alan Blankstein provide examples of how courageous Americans are taking this charge head on by illustrating how excellence through equity can be achieved. To ignore this issue means to undermine the future of our children. This book is a must-read for teachers, principals, administrators, policy and business leaders, and parents or anyone interested in becoming champions for children and strengthening our nation s public education agenda.

Rosa Aronson

Amidst the confusion created by a highly polarized country, sound educational policies and practices have become as uncommon as bipartisanship. In the cacophony that marks the current education debates, Noguera and Blankstein demonstrate that there need not be a choice between excellence and equity but that the two are complementary and necessary. Their stories of school transformation told by teachers and other leaders are compelling and show us the way to a new paradigm.

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