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We Can't Lead Where We Won't Go
An Educator's Guide to Equity

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September 2014 | 360 pages | Corwin

Bring the gold standard in equity-centered professional development to your school.

Gary R. Howard has secured his reputation as a powerful and effective voice in systemic equity reform. His writings and seminars confronting the most difficult issues of race and privilege in modern education have transformed teacher mindsets and improved outcomes for diverse students in America and abroad.

This guide is the cornerstone of a new set of professional development materials developed by Howard to address today’s educational inequities. Eschewing the punitive tone that often characterizes this dialogue in favor of a focus on the healing process, it includes:

  • Activities for educators to examine both their overt and hidden attitudes toward race, class, gender, sexual identity, and other dimensions of difference
  • Prompts for interacting with a companion set of insightful videos hosted by Howard
  • Techniques for peer observation that foster self-sustaining growth for every teacher
  • Seven Principles For Culturally Responsive Teaching that can be applied in any school
  • Over 9 hours of video footage of Gary Howard introducing and facilitating the program

As demographics continue to shift and educational inequities stubbornly persist, Howard's approach is critically needed in every school. By applying the tools and lessons of this guide, your school will become an example for others to follow. 

"Gary Howard has once again brought clarity and humanity to the work of improving schools for students of all backgrounds, not just for the most privileged. Although the majority of school reform efforts are devised by those outside schools who know little about public education—policymakers, politicians, business people, and philanthropists—those who suffer the consequences of current toxic reforms are principals, teachers, and students. This book, focusing instead on inclusion, equity, and excellence, is a principled guide for creating a more hopeful and socially just vision, one school at a time."
Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita

University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Hats off to Gary Howard. He has written and organized, in one much-needed volume, thoughtful tested activities for successful professional development centered on equity."
—Carl A. Grant, Professor of Education

University of Wisconsin Madison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 
Dedication
 
Manual Introduction
 
Orientation to the Professional Development Process
Inclusion, Equity, Excellence

 
Phases of the Work

 
Levels of Engagement

 
 
Phase One: Tone and Trust
Phase One Introduction

 
Working Agreements

 
Questions to Consider

 
Cultural Bingo

 
¿Quienes Somos?

 
Tone and Trust Assessment

 
 
Phase Two: Personal Culture and Personal Journey
Phase Two Introduction

 
Sharing Personal Culture

 
Culture Toss

 
Definition of Cultural Competence

 
I Am From Poems

 
Stages of Personal Growth

 
Personal Growth Project

 
 
Phase Three: From Social Dominance to Social Justice
Phase Three Introduction

 
We, the People

 
The Guessing Game

 
Definition and Dynamics of Social Dominance

 
From Social Dominance to Social Justice

 
Privilege and Power School Assessment

 
Focus on Race Conversation

 
Shifting the Emotional Paradigm

 
 
Phase Four: Classroom Implications and Applications
Phase Four Introduction

 
School Outcomes Assessment

 
Equity Environments that Work

 
The Seven Principles for Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

 
CRT Study Groups

 
CRT Action Research

 
Learning From and With Colleagues

 
CRT Peer Observation Process

 
Achievement Triangle

 
 
Phase Five: Systemic Transformation and Planning for Change
Phase Five Introduction

 
Dimensions of Growth

 
Stages of Institutional Growth

 
Catalysts for Transformation

 
Organizational Kudos and Challenges

 
Co-Responsibility Work Groups

 
Dealing with Resistance

 
Implementation Planning Guide

 
Ideas for Integrating and Sustaining the Work

 
Student Voices and Youth Equity Leadership

 
Sample Research and Evaluation Design and Outcomes

 
 
Suggested Readings from Gary Howard
As Diversity Grows, So Must We

 
Speaking of Difference: Reflections on the Possibility of Culturally Competent Conversations

 
Whites in Multicultural Education: Rethinking Our Role

 
How We Are White

 
School Improvement for All: Reflections on the Achievement Gap

 
Dispositions of Good Teaching

 
 
References

Supplements

"Gary Howard has once again brought clarity and humanity to the work of improving schools for students of all backgrounds, not just for the most privileged. Although the majority of school reform efforts are devised by those outside schools who know little about public education – policymakers, politicians, business people, and philanthropists – those who suffer the consequences of current toxic reforms are principals, teachers, and students. This book, focusing instead on inclusion, equity, and excellence, is a principled guide for creating a more hopeful and socially just vision, one school at a time."

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, Language, Literacy, and Culture
College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Hats off to Gary Howard. He has written and organized in one much needed volume thoughtful tested activities for successful professional development for equity."

Carl A. Grant, Hoefs Bascom Professor
University Wisconsin-Madison

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ISBN: 9781483352411