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Using Equity Audits in the Classroom to Reach and Teach All Students

Using Equity Audits in the Classroom to Reach and Teach All Students

First Edition
  • Kathryn Bell McKenzie - Texas A&M University, College Station & California State University, Stanislaus - Professor Emerita
  • Linda Skrla - Texas A&M University, USA

Foreword by Christine Sleeter

May 2015 | 128 pages | Corwin
This is the follow-up book to the Corwin "best seller" Using Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools. Whereas Using Equity Audits was written mainly for school leaders, this book, Equity Audits for Teachers: Creating Equitable and Excellent Classrooms, focuses on teacher and classroom practices. Although school leaders have found the Equity Audits book useful, they have requested more strategies for teachers. They want a companion book they can give teachers and use in teacher study groups.

This book is important because in this time of changing demographics and increased diversity, many teachers find that the strategies they have used in the past are successful with only some of the students in their classes. They want and need strategies that will assist them in being successful with all their students. This book will provide teachers with new strategies and skills that will fit diverse needs.

The book will also include a discussion of the history of equity auditing in education found in civil rights work, curriculum auditing, and state accountability systems.

About the Authors
1. Introduction
A Brief Overview of Our Work on Equity Audits

Previews of Chapters 2-9

Chapter Conclusion

Section I. Conceptual and Historical Frameworks
2. Equitable and Excellent Teaching
Equity Consciousness Preassessment

Equity Consciousness Defined

Research on Equity Consciousness

Research on High-Quality Teaching Skills

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

3. Qualities of Equitable and Excellent Classrooms
An Example of an Equitable and Excellent School: Tice Elementary

Classroom Equity Assessment

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

4. Auditing for Equity and Excellence
Equity Audits in International Settings

Equity Audits in U.S. Education

Refining Equity Audits Into a Usable Tool

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

Section II. Equity Auditing in the Classroom
5. Auditing for Teaching and Learning
Active Cognitive Engagement

What Our Critics Might Say

Zone of Self-Efficacy

An Auditing Tool: Teaching and Learning Tours

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

6. Auditing for Discipline
Research on Discipline

Reasons for Discipline Disproportionality

Auditing Tools for Examining Classroom Disciplinary Practices

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

7. Auditing for Parental Involvement
What Research Says About Parental Involvement

Classroom Parental Involvement Inventory

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

8. Auditing for Programmatic Equity
Advanced Placement

Gifted and Talented Programs

Special Education

Chapter Conclusion

Discussion Questions and Activities

9. Conclusion

"Equity audits are critical to improving the services we provide in today's diverse classroom. It is crucial that teachers and administrators see the inequities in the system and establish the protocols necessary to level the field." 

Maria J. Carrillo, Science Teacher
Health and Science High School, Beaverton, OR

“It is essential, but woefully insufficient, to desire excellence and equity. We need detailed, evidence-based, practical maps and guides.  This powerful, useful book will chart our path beyond current inequities toward the assurance of quality teaching and learning for all.”

Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director
National Center for Urban School Transformation

Equity is a main focus of the class.

Dr Leslie Locke
Educational Leadership and School Counseling, University of Southern Mississippi
August 3, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Introduciton

Chapter 2

Kathryn Bell McKenzie

Kathryn Bell McKenzie is professor emerita of Advanced Studies in Education at California State University, Stanislaus and associate professor emerita of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. At California State, Kathryn was director of the EdD program in Educational Leadership and at Texas A&M, she was coordinator for the PhD in K–12 Educational Leadership.Prior to becoming a professor,Kathryn was a public school educator serving as a teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal,and principal for nearly twenty-five years. She was also the deputy director of the Austin Independent... More About Author

Linda E. Skrla

Linda Skrla is Professor of Educational Administration at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty in 1997, Linda worked as a middle school and high school teacher and as a campus and district administrator in public schools. Her research focuses on educational equity issues in school leadership, including accountability policy, high success school districts, and women superintendents. Linda is Vice President of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Editor of Educational Administration Quarterly. She has published extensively in academic journals and has co-authored and co-edited... More About Author

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