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Leading Change Through the Lens of Cultural Proficiency
An Equitable Approach to Race and Social Class in Our Schools



January 2022 | 400 pages | Corwin

The pathway to uncovering and dismantling inequities

Educational leaders who work in the district, site, or classroom level know that opportunity gaps have long been a focus of education policy in the United States. Leadership can be a critical lever for advancing policies that oppose racism and confront systemic inequities. In meeting this challenge, educators have found that acknowledging beliefs and behaviors is critical. Still, deficit-based thinking, especially due to privilege, remains a barrier to equity. Among the most damaging blind spots is the continuation of practices that are grounded in the values of entitled groups.

Leading Change Through the Lens of Cultural Proficiency tells the story of a school community in the midwest United States that contended with its approach to teaching and valuing students of diverse backgrounds. Featuring the research-based Cultural Proficiency Framework and Tools, the book provides a clear road map to advancing equity across schools and districts. Designed to support leaders and school communities in developing policies and practices that respond to the needs of all students, this book

  • Guides school leaders in a journey of learning the theory and strategies that improved student achievement and improved the working conditions in this district
  • Features a real-life case study of a school community using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency and the Framework
  • Provides vignettes and data, based on work conducted across an actual school district, that resulted in improvements in school climate, achievement, mindset, and equitable educational practices
  • Includes powerful reflection, dialogic, and action activities for use in a variety of community learning modalities
  • Is grounded in assets-based assumptions with respect to students, families, and the school community

With a focus on engagement, leadership, implementation frameworks, and collaborative learning, the authors demonstrate how to uncover and remedy inequities. Designed for education leaders at all levels of the education system, this is the ideal foundational text for implementing Cultural Proficiency in your setting as you open doors for all students to thrive.


 
Foreword by Terry Harris
 
Part I: School Leadership: Educational Debt, Race, Social Class, and Change
 
1. Leading Equity Starts With Why
Calibrate

 
Why You?

 
Why District and School Leadership?

 
Why Cultural Proficiency?

 
So Why Do We Use the Cultural Proficiency

 
Framework?

 
Why Race and Social Class?

 
Why Do We Even Have to Consider Our Why?

 
Why Me? Why Us?

 
Beginning the ‘Inside-Out’ Journey

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
On to our Next Destination

 
Reflection, Dialogue, and Action Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
2. THE CULTURAL PROFICIENCY FRAMEWORK: RESEARCH AND PLANNING
Calibration

 
On Ramp to Planning, Research, and Cultural Proficiency

 
The Framework and Tools of Cultural Proficiency

 
The Cultural Proficiency Framework

 
The Tools of Cultural Proficiency

 
Overcoming Barriers

 
The Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency

 
The Cultural Proficiency Continuum

 
The Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency

 
A Case Study: Narratives as Illustration of Organization

 
Change Process Using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency

 
A Deeper Look: Eaveston School District

 
Eaveston’s WHY for Cultural Proficiency

 
For the Researcher/Scholar Community

 
Partnerships: School Leadership and the Research Community

 
Inquiry: A Guide for School Leaders Investigating Race and Social Class and Relying on the Tools of Cultural Proficiency for Organizational Change Towards Equity, Access and Inclusion

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
On to our Next Destination

 
Reflection, Dialogue, and Action Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
3. The Intersectionality of Race and Social Class
Calibration

 
On-Ramp to the Intersectionality of Race and Social Class

 
A Word About Nomenclature – Words Matter

 
Theoretical Frameworks

 
Intersectionality of Oppression - Paean to Crenshaw

 
What is Intersectionality?

 
What is Critical Race Theory?

 
Curriculum Distortion - Produced Barriers Throughout History

 
Race and Social Class in Education

 
Race in Education

 
Social Class in Education

 
Poverty in Our Communities and Schools

 
Deficit and Asset-Based Thinking of Race and Social Class

 
Opportunity, Access, and Education Gaps

 
What is opportunity? How is it given? How is it withheld?

 
What defines achievement?

 
Historical Context of the Achievement Gap: Race and Social Class Data

 
Why Educational Debt Is Asset-Based

 
Equity by Whatever Means in Takes

 
Today’s Inequities

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
To Our Next Destination

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
4. Individual and Organizational Change Leadership
Calibration

 
On Ramp to Leading the Change

 
Identification

 
Culturally Proficient Leadership for System Transformation

 
Being Present and Involved in the Work

 
Serving as a Role Model for Others on the Cultural Proficiency Journey

 
Foundational Leadership Research to the Eaveston Case

 
The Importance of Educational Leadership in Student Achievement: A Look at the Literature

 
Educational Leaders and Organizational Change towards Continuous Improvement

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
To Our Next Destination

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
Part II: The Framework of Cultural Proficiency
 
5. Overcoming Barriers to Cultural Proficiency
Stories from Eaveston

 
Calibration

 
On Ramp to Overcoming Barrriers to Cultural Proficiency

 
Identifying Barriers to Cultural Proficiency

 
Acknowledging and Overcoming Barriers

 
Continued Stories from Eaveston

 
Acknowledging Barriers to Cultural Proficiency

 
Overcoming Barriers by Examining Values and Beliefs

 
Voices from Eaveston’s Training Session

 
Overcoming Barriers by Building Trust and Valuing Diversity

 
Overcoming the Barriers Through Culturally Proficient Coaching

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
On to our Next Destination

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
6. Relying on Our Inclusive Core Values; The Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency for Organizational Change
Stories from Eaveston

 
Calibration

 
On Ramp to Relying on the Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency

 
The Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency

 
Turning Inward and Relying on the Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency

 
Continued Voices from Eaveston’s Training Sessions

 
Turning Inward to Your Core Values

 
Relying on the Guiding Principles

 
Eaveston’s Reliance on the Guiding Principles

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
On to Our Next Destination

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
7. Telling Our Stories and Changing the Conversation
Stories from Eaveston

 
Calibration

 
On Ramp to the Cultural Proficiency Continuum

 
The Cultural Proficiency Continuum

 
Eaveston’s Voices

 
Using the Continuum to Collect Data

 
Using the Continuum to Identify Emergent Themes

 
Using the Continuum to Set Goals

 
Using the Continuum to Leverage Change

 
Using the Continuum to Celebrate Areas of Culturally Competent Policy and Practice

 
Policy

 
Practice

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
On To Our Next Destination

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
8. Committing to Standards of Equity-Focused Change through Improvement and Growth

 
Stories from Eaveston

 
Calibration

 
On Ramp to the Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency

 
The Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency

 
Using the Essential Elements to Learn About the Change Process

 
Using the Essential Elements for Self-Assessment

 
Using the Essential Elements to Support Change through Dialogue

 
The Essential Elements Guide Development of a Strategic Action Plan

 
Using the Essential Elements to Monitor Progress Toward Equity Goals

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
To Our Next Destination

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
Part III: Commitment to Planning, Collaboration, Growth, and Improvement
 
9. Implementation: Planning for Challenges Along the Journey
Calibration

 
On Ramp to Challenges of Implementation and Sustainability

 
Preparing for Challenges of the Journey

 
Barriers to Implementing Equity-Focused Initiatives

 
Availability of Time and Resources

 
Building Site-Specific Capacity for Impact

 
Looking in the Rearview Mirror

 
To Our Next Destination

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
10. Commitment to Learning, Action Planning and Ensuring Equity
Calibration

 
On Ramp to a Commitment to Learning, Planning and Ensuring Equity

 
Commitment to Learning and Action Planning

 
Strategic Planning for Implementation and Sustainability

 
Transformational Action Planning

 
Commitment to Ensuring Equity

 
Lessons Learned with Recommendations for Leading

 
Diverse Family and Community Engagement

 
Professional Learning Communities

 
Continuous School Improvement

 
Building the Critical Mass

 
Race, Class and Cultural Proficiency: Ensuring Equity for All

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
11. Implementation And Sustainability: Commitment To Action Planning
Calibration

 
On Ramp To A Commitment To Learning, Planning, And Ensuring Equity

 
Commitment To Learning And Action Planning

 
Strategic Planning For Implementation And Sustainability

 
Transformational Action Planning

 
 
12. SUSTAINABILITY: COMMITMENT TO ENSURING EQUITABLE OUTCOMES
Calibration

 
On Ramp To Ensuring Equitable Outcomes

 
District-Wide Model To Embed Cultural Proficiency In All Aspects Of The District

 
Cultural Proficiency Policy To Practice

 
Building-Level Culturally Proficient Cycle Of Continuous Improvement

 
Building The Critical Mass

 
Race, Social Class, And Cultural Proficiency: Ensuring Equity For All

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
RDA Process

 
Travel Log

 
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

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