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Equity in Action
Volume 78, Number 6
There's a great deal of talk about the need for greater equity in schools—but how do educators make this happen? The March 2021 issue of Educational Leadership goes beyond the buzz and explores practical strategies for dismantling biases, closing opportunity gaps, and creating conditions where all students can thrive.
16 Is Your Approach to Continuous Improvement Colorblind?
Sarah Fiarman, Kristina Kyles-Smith, and Alison Lee
To make gains in student learning, schools must identify patterns of inequity and take responsibility for changing them.
22 “Radical Care” to Let Black Boys Thrive
Tyrone C. Howard and Jaleel R. Howard
Educators can make a difference in the ways Black boys experience school.
30 Why SEL Alone Isn’t Enough
Done poorly, SEL faces the risk of becoming “white supremacy with a hug.”
35 Beware of Equity Traps and Tropes
How shortcuts and default practices can get in the way of meaningful school equity efforts.
41 Who Participates?
Niral Shah, Nickolaus Ortiz, Julie Christensen, David Stroupe, and Daniel Reinholz
Smart classroom-data analysis can help educators detect inequities in student participation and reduce implicit bias.
48 Relevant Curriculum Is Equitable Curriculum
By valuing their culture and identity, we give students the power to see themselves in their learning.
54 Hearing Students’ Stories About Being American
A classroom project is capturing powerful, honest stories by high school students about their lives in America.
60 What Does Equity Really Mean for Multilingual Learners?
Jon Nordmeyer, Tim Boals, Rita MacDonald, and Ruslana Westerlund
Scaffolding up the curriculum, rather than watering it down, is key for English learners.
66 Coaching for Equity Demands Deeper Dialogue
Candice Bocala and RoLesia R. Holman
Only by pushing through resistance can coaches help teams achieve necessary change.
72 The Illusion of Equity PD
T. Nicole Tucker-Smith
Are our equity-focused professional development initiatives really working, or do we just think they are?
9 Reader’s Guide/Taking Responsibility for School Equity
76 Research Matters/Moving from Absent to Present
Susan Shebby and Tameka Porter
Lack of engagement is often a school-environment issue, not a student characteristic
78 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Collaborative Learning for Equity
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Student learning communities give all students access to deeper learning.
80 Leading Together/Overcoming the Inertia of Inequity
Jill Harrison Berg and Elizabeth C. Homan
Individual change is a starting point. But it must be matched by organizational change.
82 Confronting Inequity/Interrupting the Extremist Pull
Matthew R. Kay
Educators have a role to play in helping teens resist white nationalist propaganda.
84 The Resilient Educator/The Healing We Need to Stay
To retain teachers of color, consider their layers of challenge.
6 Readers React
83 Index to Advertisers
86 Whole Child Spotlight/Supporting Each Student
87 ASCD Community in Action
88 EL Takeaways
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Who Counts as a Social Justice Educator?
We need to ensure that our teaching keeps up with our preaching about equity.
Addressing Inequity with the Power of Collective Efficacy
Jenni Donohoo and Stefani Arzonetti Hite
Five intentional leadership practices can help teacher teams work together—better—to confront inequities.