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Equity Visits

Equity Visits
A New Approach to Supporting Equity-Focused School and District Leadership

Foreword by Edward Fergus

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192 pages | Corwin
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Foreword by Edward Fergus
About the Authors
INTRODUCTION • Needed: Equity-Focused Leaders
Leading for Equity in a Segregated State  
Defining Equity-Focused Leadership  
Developing Equity-Focused Leadership in New Jersey  
Putting Equity and Instruction at the Center: Equity Visits  
Overview of the Book  
CHAPTER 1 • Developing Equity Visits
Missing: The Integration of Equity and Instruction  
Shifting from Instruction to Equity and Instruction  
Learning Lessons Across the Eras  
CHAPTER 2 • A Detailed Look at Equity Visits
Core Elements of an Equity Visit  
Revisiting the Core Elements  
CHAPTER 3 • Equity-Focused Learning Communities
Learning About Equity in a Community  
Putting Together Organizational Components of Sustained Learning Communities  
Drawing on Organizational Tools  
Building Supports for Equity-Focused Learning and Practice  
CHAPTER 4 • Talking About Race and Racism
Acknowledging Race in PreK–12 Schools  
Talking About Race in PreK–12 Schools  
Different Challenges for Leaders of Color and for White Leaders  
Challenges to Making Race Central to Discussions of Equity in Schools  
Keeping Race at the Center of the Discussion  
CHAPTER 5 • Lessons for Leaders Ready to Integrate Equity and Instruction
Implications for Individuals  
Implications for School and Districts as Organizations  
Implications for Leadership Preparation and Professional Development  
ALL Means ALL  
Appendix A: Participating Superintendents and Their Districts  
Appendix B: Resources  
Appendix C: Tools for Conducting Equity Visits  
Appendix D: Protocols  


"Today’s public school system leaders are responsible for transforming teaching and learning through an equity lens. The complexity of this work requires theoretical frameworks, stories of success and practical advice. The NJNS leaders and superintendents have provided an invaluable resource for those who not only want to learn about equity, but want to act. By focusing on the power of equity visits, Rogeman, Allen, Leverett, Thompson and Hatch
have given practitioners a set of tools and models that will enable them to start their own journeys of system transformation through an equity lens.

Joshua P. Starr Ph. D, CEO of PDK International

"Equity Visits documents the evolution of more than a decade of work among the New Jersey Network of Superintendents--from its focus on improvement of teaching and learning through instructional rounds, to visits with an explicit focus on improving equity practices.  The book’s many tools will enable educational leaders to collaboratively investigate schools and districts to understand the specific practices and cultures that perpetuate inequity.  After reading this book educational leaders will better appreciate that change, especially focused on eliminating inequities, is slow and hard; develop effective strategies for talking openly about racial and other inequities; be equipped to process defeats on the way to success; and nurture leadership of all to sustain equity work."

Dr. Linnea Weiland, Department Chair of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, William Paterson University

"Equity Visits provides an essential addition to the growing canon of literature about public education and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Chronicling over a decade of experiences of equity warrior teams, the authors capture the ups and downs of leaders who work across silos to brainstorm and try systemic solutions for the persistent structural and systemic diseases of racism, poverty, and kids left behind."

Perry Chen, Education Strategy Consultant, Oakland Unified School District

"As transformational educational leaders, our daily task is to insure that 'demography isn’t destiny' for the children we serve.  Equity Visits provides a proven strategy for engaging leaders in the work of identifying and dismantling structures and policies that preclude high achievement, while sharing and promoting those practices that enhance students’ success.  Through this book, readers will deepen their understanding that the pursuit of excellence must be our goal and equity must be the strategy we use to attain it."

Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.D.
The Gregory R. Anrig Professor for Education Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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ISBN: 9781544338132