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Equity 101- The Equity Framework

Equity 101- The Equity Framework
Book 1

Foreword by Bonnie M. Davis

June 2012 | 184 pages | Corwin
Equity is key to closing the achievement gapThis first volume of a four-book series outlines a simple, yet powerful framework for guiding school leaders through implementing institutional equity. The series provides the foundation necessary for educational leaders to discuss their schoolsÆ limitations and biases, as well as what they need to do to become more equitable. The author introduces the three essential characteristics of equity:Clear expectations for closing the achievement gapCommitment to rigorous curriculumRelationships that promote learningUltimately, this powerful book provides a clear vision and action plan for creating a system where equity can flourish.
About the Author
1. Finding Equity
Realizing Equity

My Path to Equity

Black and White

Understanding My History

Embracing Diversity

Discovering Race

Norming Difference

Authenticating My Present

The Equity Lens

2. Defining Equity
Equity Success: Northrich Elementary

Exploring Equity

Describing Equity

Equity Definition

Deconstructing Equity

3. Framing Equity
Equity Success: Elmont Memorial High School

Framework Versus Strategy

The Equity Framework

Equity Framework: Characteristics

Equity Framework: Leadership

Equity Framework: Culture

Equity Framework: Practice

4. Personal Equity
Equity Success: Frankford Elementary

Individual Collectivism

Overcoming Biases

Acknowledging Privilege

Missionary Syndrome

Personal Equity Equals Passion

5. Institutional Equity
Equity Success: Sanger Unified School District

Understanding Institutionalism

Dominant Culture: Whiteness

Institutionalized Whiteness

Who Equitably Benefits?

Institutionalized Equity Equals Persistence

6. Professional Equity
Equity Success: Dunbar High School

Shifting Practice

Practice to Theory

Equitizing Standards

Implementing Equity

7. Moral Equity
Equity Plus Excellence

Equity Success: Behrman Charter Elementary

Staring Down Failure

The Journey Behind - The Journey Ahead

Internalizing Equity

Driving Equity


"By examining schools that are successful with traditionally underserved students of color through an equity lens, Curtis Linton offers a practical approach to education reform that leaves no room for excuses."

Isla Govan, Consultant and Facilitator
Cross Cultural Connections, LLC, Renton, WA

“The 'real' work of educational communities can only be achieved when we take into account the needs of all learners. As Linton clearly demonstrates, we must use our equity lens to ensure achievement for all.”

Naomi Khalil, Director, Instructional Equity
Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, MI

“Linton provides a thought-provoking and reflective stare into our roles as educators. This book touched me personally and professionally. Linton’s stories validated my own experiences. Race does play a role in how children are educated, but it need not be a roadblock to excellence.”

Tiffany S. Powell, Coordinator, Office of Diversity
Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, KS

“Curtis Linton's Equity 101 provides today's educators with a practical guide for transforming their schools into ideal places of learning where all students and their teachers perform at optimum levels and equity is the norm.”

Dorothy J. Kelly, Retired Education Administrator
Kirkwood, MO

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Curtis Wallace Linton

Curtis Linton is a co-owner of The School Improvement Network where he is co-executive producer of The Video Journal of Education and TeachStream. He has spent the last 10 years documenting on video and in print the improvement efforts and best practices of the most suc­cessful schools and school systems across North America. Each year, he visits more than 100 classrooms and schools, capturing what they do to succeed with all students at the classroom, school, and system levels. Linton has written or produced dozens of award-winning video-based staff development programs. His areas of expertise include closing the achievement gap and... More About Author

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