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Collective Equity

A Movement for Creating Communities Where We All Can Breathe

By: Sonja Hollins-Alexander, Nicole V. Law

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071844748
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: October 29, 2021

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It’s time for a new beginning

As we transition through very uncertain and challenging times, we have a chance to start again—and do better as a Collective. With newfound acknowledgment of the damage done by structural inequities, systemic racism, and implicit bias, we are ready to create communities that value and support everyone.

In education, that means challenging and dismantling systems that have harmed historically marginalized children and families for generations. Here you’ll find a powerful model for using relational trust, cultural humility, and appreciation of diverse perspectives to build learning communities that collectively uplift all students and all members of the learning community. Features include

  • An original Collective Equity Framework for creating transformative equitable learning environments
  • Protocols for enacting cultural humility, vulnerability, and mutuality dispositions leveraged to create culturally sustaining learning communities
  • Strategies and tools for organizational analyses to guide conversations that support the implementation of culturally fortifying practices at organizational, curricular, programmatic, and instructional levels
  • A behavioral-outcome measurement tool for charting the progress of the members of the Collective towards developing culturally conscious actions and equity focused outcomes.
  • Vignettes and case studies from district and school leaders reflecting examples of how the collective members of their organizations work towards creating transformative equitable learning environments

Positive outcomes always take work. When we build relational trust, value and validate the dimensions of identities for all members in the learning community as a Collective, we are able to create Equity Pathways and Equity Pavers to chart a new course where we can ALL Breathe and achieve our shared objective: educational equity for all.



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Sonja Hollins-Alexander

Dr. Sonja Hollins-Alexander is the Director of Professional Learning for Corwin Publishing. She has been in the field of education for 24 years with 18 of those being in educational leadership at the school, district and higher education levels. During this time, she has served as a school social worker, teacher, assistant principal, principal, coordinator, assistant director and director of professional learning, and chief of staff in two Metro Atlanta, GA school districts. She has served on numerous United Way non-profit boards in the community and most recently served as the affiliate board president for Learning Forward, GA. She currently serves on the National Affiliate Leadership Council for Learning Forward.

Through her professional journey she has had experiences in Strategic Planning, Organizational Improvement, Policy Development, Stakeholder Communication and Engagement, Grant Writing, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development and Implementation, Facilitation of Adult Learning, Leadership Coaching, Conference Facilitation and Design, and served as a Quality Assurance Team Member for AdvancED. She is fully engaged in the development and use of Online Collaborative/Instructional Software. She is the author of Online Professional Development through Virtual Learning Communities, Corwin Press (2013).”

As the Director of Professional Learning for Corwin, Sonja is committed to partner engagement and the design and implementation of professional learning services that positively impact teaching and learning.

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Nicole V. Law

Dr. Nicole Law is a dynamic and passionate educator who provides relevant professional development to schools and districts across the country. Nicole focuses her experience to present instruction on Professional Teacher Teams, Leadership Improvement Practices and Structures, Data Analysis Models, School Improvement Practices and Structures, Standards-based Instruction and Design, Metacognitive Teaching and Learning Practices, Strategies for Success in Cognitively Rigorous Instruction and Levels of Depth of Knowledge (DOK), Effective Teaching Strategies for English Learners and Special Education Students, as well as Culturally Responsive and Equitable Teaching Practices.

Before joining the Leadership and Learning Center, Dr. Law served as a Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Learners, Cultural Responsivity, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), District Equity, and Mathematics and Science Instruction in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this position, Dr. Law created multi-layered and faceted professional development for teachers and administrators covering all aspects of directed programs and curricular areas. She has written curriculum in the areas of science, mathematics, and English Language Development. Nicole trained and supported administrators, teacher leaders, site coordinators, and school improvement teams in Decision Making for Results, The Data Teams Process, Sub-group Data Dives, and Gap Reduction Practices.

Nicole is accused of not living in a world of limitations, but rather living in a world of conquering, leading, learning, and achieving in all areas of her life. She thrives on gaining new knowledge and pouring an abundance of her energy and passion in her work of coaching, empowering, and developing others. As an elementary principal, she guided her teachers through the implementation of rigorous instructional and assessment practices to create a culture of learning and achievement for all. Nicole’s leadership allowed her to lead her school through a transformation in both school culture and academic instruction.

Dr. Law completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy. Her dissertation concentrated on the principal’s role in increasing teacher implementation of effective instructional practices. She also had the pleasure of co-authoring “The Reflective Leader: Implementing a Multidimensional Leadership Performance System.” Leadership is Dr. Law’s passion; she has worked with numerous principals and district leaders on the implementation of best-practices in education.

Nicole has received various recognitions throughout her career. One of many, was the 2008 National Milken Award from the state of Indiana.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Publisher’s Acknowledgments

About the Authors


Chapter 1: Coming Together

     Coming Together Through Our Shared Truth

     Working Together

     Coming Together to Work Together

     Connecting Dimensions of Identity

     Community Agreements and Equity Fatigue

     Coming Together Using a Collective Equity Framework

     Equity Pathways and Equity Pavers

     Understanding the Three Levels of Culture

     From Culturally Conscious to Culturally Humble (An Equity Pathway)

Chapter 2: Cultivating an Environment of Collective Equity

     From Deficit Thinking to Asset-Based Actions

     Shared Truths and Purpose

     Vision and Mission Development

     Essential Components of Collective Equitable Cultures

     Collective Engagement by Design Process

Chapter 3: Enacting Motivation and Relational Trust for the Collective Equity Movement

     Relational Trust

     The Circle of Trust Approach

     The Art of the Heart

     The Stimuli of Building Relational Trust

     Motivation to Nurture the Collective

     Can We Breathe?

Chapter 4: Culturally Fortifying Practices

     From Equity Moves to Culturally Fortifying Transformational Practices

     Culturally Fortifying Classroom Strategies

Chapter 5: Equity Dispositions for The Collective

     Cultural Sustainability

     From Systems to Classrooms

     Collective Efficacy

     Collective Equity Dispositions

Chapter 6: Realizing the Promise of Collective Equity

     Leading for Collective Equity

     Collective Equity Leadership Attributes

     Disrupting Systems of Oppression and Inequity

     Engaging the Collective

     Equity Pathways

     Equity Pavers

Final Words From the Authors