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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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September 2019 | 192 pages | Corwin

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Edward Fergus
Publisher's Acknowledgements
About the Authors
Introduction: Needed: Equity-Focused Leaders
Chapter 1: The Development of Equity Visits: A New Approach to Integrating Equity and Instruction
Chapter 2: A Detailed Look at Equity Visits
Vignette 1: An Equity Visit to Appleton Elementary School  
Chapter 3: Equity-Focused Learning Communities
Chapter 4: Addressing the Difficulties of Talking about Race and Racism
Vignette 2: A Conversation about Race and Instruction  
Chapter 5: Lessons for Leaders Looking to Integrate Equity and Instruction
Appendix A. Participating Superintendents and Their Districts
Appendix B. Resource List
Appendix C. Tools for Conducting Equity Visits
Planning an Equity Visit Schedule Template  
Assigning Roles for Small Groups Template  
Taking Notes During Classroom Observations Template  
Learning Journal Template  
Equity focus feedback template  
Appendix D. Protocols
Fishbowl Protocol  
Learning Together Consultancy Protocol  
Developing Patterns and Wonderings Protocol  
“30-90-180” Protocol (a.k.a., Next Steps Protocol)  

"Educational leaders will benefit from a deep dive into equitable systems with a focus on instructional practice explored in this book. The authors provide a wealth of practical strategies and step-by-step processes to implement Equity Visits."

Eddie Ruiz, Assistant Superintendent Student Services, Equity & Access, School District of Palm Beach County

"Real equity work is about identifying, responding and transforming structures, policies, procedures, behaviors, and biases that denied access and opportunities to underserved students. The authors of Equity Visits provide a step in that direction. Having put 11 years of research and extensive fieldwork behind this project, the book provides a framework that spells out the specific steps in the process.  It also provides protocols, samples, templates, and many other tools to facilitate its implementation."

Waldo V. Alvarado, Director of Equity & Diversity, Reading School District

"The framework laid out in Equity Visits provides an extension to learning walks and instructional rounds that will deepen outcomes for participants and their schools. The tools and ideas presented in this manuscript are practical and provide guidance that facilitators and district teams can utilize."

Ellen S. Perconti, Superintendent, Grapeview School Districts

"Equity Visits is a long overdue addition to the literature regarding equity and inclusion.  It tackles complex issues that underlie the persistent underachievement of marginalized students and provides a leadership framework that supports system improvements."

Maria G. Ott, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California- Rossier School of Education

"Schools need tools to take a deep look at equity issues and take concrete actions. Leaders need guidance as well. Equity Visits takes a strong equity-anti-racist focus and provides concrete strategies at the system level as well as instructional strategies, courageous leadership, and a process for gathering and analyzing important data."

Becki Cohn-Vargas, Ed.D, Educational Consultant, Coach, and Author, Cohn-Vargas Consulting

"Equity Visits provides an innovative practice to support district and school leaders as they address inequities in the schools and in the classrooms. The inclusion of practical tools and resources that can be adapted by readers as they embark on and carry out their own work on the topic are especially useful for practitioners out in the field."

Carmella S. Franco, Ph.D, Author of "A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School"

"Whether we like to admit it or not, student achievement, college entrance rates, etc. are unequal among subgroups of students.  Our society in general is not giving our students, or us as educators, good models of how to talk about and address the issues.  Equity Visits offers is a structure to realize the inequities that happen, a protocol to start collaborating in finding solutions, and a method for starting to accept and discuss the issue to find solutions using a team approach."

Leslie Standerfer, High School Principal, Estrella Foothills High School

"Building on the concept of Instructional Rounds and the work of Courageous Conversations, Equity Visits is the perfect resource for schools and districts that are looking for ways to go deeper into race and equity in learning and keen to make an impact in their classrooms and schools."

Sarah Zabel, Principal, Astor School

"The work shared in Equity Visits will help educators to be more purposeful in their work around providing equitable experiences for all students. The authors' approachable and informative writing style, their extensive research, and the inclusion of stories from fellow leaders make this work a more collaborative and reflective process. Doing Equity Visits will result in more positive outcomes in school improvements."

Lena Marie Rockwood Assistant Principal, Revere Public Schools

"American education is at a crossroads. We must deliver on our obligation to educate all students at a high level or be prepared to put our country in decline.  More children arrive at school burdened by poverty, by high rates of family mobility, as English language learners or members of other groups who have historically been underserved. We must make the choice to address the inequities that plague public education. This is a national imperative.


The good news is that this challenge can be met. There are school leaders and school systems where that work is being done, where equity is being talked about and delivered. These accomplished authors have provided thoughtful analysis, tools, suggestions, and a vision of what can be.  Please read the book carefully. It is up to you—to each of us—to address the educational needs of the most diverse student population in our history. "

Jerry D.Weast, Founder & CEO
Partnership for Deliberate Excellence, LLC

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