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Street Data

A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation

By: Shane K. Safir, Jamila Dugan

Street data reminds us that what is measurable is not the same as what is valuable and that data can be humanizing, liberatory and healing. By breaking down street data fundamentals: what it is, how to gather it, and how it can complement other forms of data to guide a school or district’s equity journey, Safir and Dugan offer an actionable framework for school transformation. 

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071812716
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 280
  • Publication date: March 09, 2021

Price: $39.95



Radically reimagine our ways of being, learning, and doing

Education can be transformed if we eradicate our fixation on big data like standardized test scores as the supreme measure of equity and learning. Instead of the focus being on “fixing” and “filling” academic gaps, we must envision and rebuild the system from the student up—with classrooms, schools and systems built around students’ brilliance, cultural wealth, and intellectual potential. Street data reminds us that what is measurable is not the same as what is valuable and that data can be humanizing, liberatory and healing.  

By breaking down street data fundamentals: what it is, how to gather it, and how it can complement other forms of data to guide a school or district’s equity journey, Safir and Dugan offer an actionable framework for school transformation. Written for educators and policymakers, this book

  • Offers fresh ideas and innovative tools to apply immediately
  • Provides an asset-based model to help educators look for what’s right in our students and communities instead of seeking what’s wrong
  • Explores a different application of data, from its capacity to help us diagnose root causes of inequity, to its potential to transform learning, and its power to reshape adult culture

Now is the time to take an antiracist stance, interrogate our assumptions about knowledge, measurement, and what really matters when it comes to educating young people.



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Shane K. Safir

Shane Safir has worked at every level of the education system for the past 25 years, with an unwavering commitment to racial justice and deep learning. After teaching in San Francisco and Oakland, California and engaging in community organizing to launch a new public high school, Shane became the founding principal of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), an innovative national model identified by scholar and policy leader Linda Darling-Hammond as having “beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.” For over a decade, Shane has provided equity-centered leadership coaching, systems transformation support, and professional learning for schools, districts, and organizations across the U.S. and Canada. She writes for Edutopia, Ed Week, Educational Leadership magazine and is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass: 2017). Shane is thrilled to co-author this book with Dr. Jamila Dugan, a long-time collaborator who conducted foundational research for The Listening Leader and facilitates equity workshops with Shane, as well as Carrie Wilson, a colleague whose groundbreaking program for teacher-driven inquiry centers street data in the pursuit of equity.

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Jamila Dugan

Jamila Dugan is a leadership coach, learning facilitator, and researcher. She began her career as a teacher in Washington D.C., successfully supporting her school to implement an International Baccalaureate program. After being nominated for Teacher of the Year, she later served as a coach for new teachers in Oakland, California. As a school administrator, Jamila championed equity-centered student services, parent empowerment, and co-led the development of the first public Mandarin immersion middle school in the Bay Area. Jamila and Shane began their work together 7 years ago during the development of The Listening Leader for which Jamila acted as the primary researcher. Jamila currently serves as an equity-centered leadership development coach across all sectors including non-profits, public school districts, charter networks, parochial, and private schools. She is an avid supporter of dual language learning, serving on the boards of Independence Charter Spanish Immersion School in Philadelphia and Parents of African American Students Studying Chinese (PAASSC) in the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fresno State University, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University, and a doctorate in Education Leadership for Equity from University of California, Berkeley. Jamila is also a loving wife and the mother of three amazing children who remain her constant inspiration for her work.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Prologue: Data in a Time of Pandemic


Chapter 1: Leading for Equity: Another World Is Possible

     Guiding Principle: Reimagine our ways of knowing and learning.

     Core Stance: Holism

Chapter 2: No Shortcut: Avoiding Equity Traps and Tropes, by Dr. Jamila Dugan

     Guiding Principle: See the barriers; imagine what is possible.

     Core Stance: Awareness


Chapter 3: Flip the Dashboard: Street Data Drives Equity

     Guiding Principle: Center voices from the margins.

     Core Stance: Antiracism

Chapter 4: Pound the Pavement: Digging Into the Levels of Data

     Guiding Principle: Seek root causes over quick fixes.

     Core Stance: Deep Listening


Chapter 5: Redefine “Success”: Street Data and the Pedagogy of Voice

     Guiding Principle: Equity work is first and foremost pedagogical.

     Core Stance: Agency

Chapter 6: Build Coherence: Focus, Holism, and Well-Being

     Guiding Principle: Less is more; focus is everything.

     Core Stance: Coherence

Chapter 7: Make Learning Public: Valuing Teacher Voices, by Carrie Wilson

     Guiding Principle: Mobilize a pedagogy of voice for educators.

     Core Stance: Symmetry


Chapter 8: Embrace Vulnerability: Moving Through Street Data Cycles

     Guiding Principle: Break the cycle of shame.

     Core Stance: Vulnerability

Chapter 9: Calling Folks In and Up to Equity: Street-Level Conversations

     Guiding Principle: Every moment is an equity moment.

     Core Stance: Warm Demander

Epilogue: The Journey Toward Liberation