Adapting for Equity: Chicago’s Story

Adapting for Equity: Chicago’s Story Districts that Succeed: Karen Chenoweth’s new book, Districts that Succeed: breaking the correlation between race, poverty and achievement, is a great book.  Chenoweth tells how five districts, large and small, have created student achievement success. She used the research by Sean Reardon (Stanford) showing district outliers that outperformed districts with…

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Review: Improvement in Action

Review:  Improvement in Action: by Anthony S. Bryk What a gift! This book captures 30 years of school DISTRICT improvement and provides six case studies. Anthony S. Bryk shares insights from the forefront of the improvement field: Chicago: For many years, Anthony Bryk, headed the University of Chicago Consortium for School Research.  They identified 100…

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Community Voice

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Creating Equitable Community Voice  “A master class” in equity.  “On fire.” “Bringing justice.” “Concrete and Precise.”  Those are a few of the accolades for Dr. Gloria Henderson’s presentation, Advancing an Equity Policy, at a recent conference.   In a time of intense conflict, Dr. Henderson creates an open and honest community wide dialogue on racial equity. …

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Racial Equity Teams and Improved Practice

Deliberate Practice Makes Racial Equity Teams Better Learning by doing is key to getting better.  Deep practice, according to Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) is operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes. This is what makes you smarter/better. Using school based racial equity teams to advance racial equity Practice 1: This…

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Michelle Reid: National Superintendent of the Year

Michelle Reid: National Superintendent of the Year

An Interview with Michelle Reid, National Superintendent of the Year: Recognized for Northshore’s focus on Educational Justice Congratulations, Michelle, on your recognition as AASA National Superintendent of the Year, for 2021.  You and your Northshore team have done great work.  Thank you for sharing your hard won wisdom, successes and lessons learned along the way.…

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My Equity Journey: Learning to Grow Capacity

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My Equity Journey … Using Leadership Voice to Grow Capacity “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples in a seed. When you teach, you never know how many lives you will influence … ..you are teaching for eternity” – Karen Jensen My story: My mother was the youngest of three children born into a…

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Creating a culture of belonging

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Creating a Culture of Belonging Belonging is essential to learning. And belonging comes before achievement.  So how do we go about creating it? During my term as superintendent of Seattle Schools we studied our outlier schools – schools that out-performed in helping each and every student succeed.  We discovered that the schools that did best…

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One District’s Racial Equity Journey

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Issaquah’s Racial Equity Journey: An Interview with Ron Thiele, Superintendent  I need to lead by acknowledging my white privilege and leveraging my position for good. – Ron Thiele District Leadership Collaborative Ron Thiele, Issaquah (WA) Superintendent, recently shared his district’s racial equity journey with eight school districts in the District Leadership Collaborative. Here is that…

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Steps Toward an Equity Framework

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Racial Equity: Steps Toward a Framework for Learning by Larry Nyland and Kyle Kinoshita Equity is so big it is hard to get your arms around it; indeed you cannot.  One bit of advice is that it is okay to be where you are, but not okay to stay there.  Another bit of advice is…

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Leading for Equity

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Creating Student Success A conversation with Dr. Gustavo Balderas: AASA National Superintendent of the Year 2020  Daniel Domenech, executive director of the National School Superintendents Association, said Dr. Balderas earned the honor for the “tremendous work he is doing to promote academic achievement” during his four years as superintendent in Eugene (OR). Dr. Balderas joined…

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