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A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School
Leadership for Equity

Foreword by Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Featuring Conversations With Randall B. Lindsey and Stephanie M. Graham



September 2011 | 208 pages | Corwin

"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.

 
Foreword by Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, PhD
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. The Why of This Book
 
2. Pueblo, Kronach, and East Los Angeles: Our Beginnings
 
3. Conversations With the Superintendents: The Teacher Years
 
4. Conversations With the Superintendents: The Administrator Years
 
5. Lessons Learned: Acknowledging Barriers, Recognizing Cultural Assets
 
6. Lessons Learned: Cultural Assets Inform Actions
 
7. Developing Your Leadership for Equity Plan
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"This is a book I didn't know I needed until I read it. But now that I have, 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. This is an insightful story that will contribute to the development of more women leaders in our country."

Daniel Domenech, Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA

"Through personal stories and vignettes, the authors share a variety of insights into how school equity has affected and shaped the lives of three successful female superintendents, and how equity issues continue to affect our students today. As a colleague and fellow female superintendent of color, I can relate to and see myself in so many of their stories. This is a wonderful must-read book for those interested in equity!"

Amy Enomoto-Perez, Superintendent
Rosemead School District, CA

“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, Glen Ellyn, IL

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