Starting Your School's Equity Journey

This book walks through the steps organizations can take when starting equity work in their school and includes accompanying activities for each of the different steps.

Introduction to Starting Your School's Equity Journey

Get oriented to this book to learn how it can help you on your organization's equity journey.

Chapter 1: Why Does Equity Work Matter? What is Equity? What is Equity Work?

“Solving the problem of racism is America’s unfinished agenda, and it must be regarded by educators as a moral imperative.” -Asa Hilliard

Chapter 2: Creating your Equity Design Team and Setting Working Agreements

“When you engage with people, you build your own insight into what’s being discussed. Someone else’s understanding complements yours, and together you start to weave an informed interpretation. You tinker until you can move on.” -Marcia Conner

Chapter 3: Methods and Approaches for Guiding Equity-focused Inquiry Work

“Inquiry is basically a challenge to what we think we know… Through inquiry, you learn how to navigate through your not-knowing.” -AH Almaas

Chapter 4: Understanding Context

“In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.” - Ella Baker

Chapter 5: Leading from the Inside Out - My Equity Self Reflection

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” -Anais Nin

Chapter 6: Deepening Your Understanding of Your Students' Experiences

“When we are seen by the heart we are seen for who we are. We are valued in our uniqueness by those who are able to see us in this way and we become able to know and value ourselves.” - Rachel Naomi Remen

Chapter 7: Organizational Equity Reflection

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” -Anonymous

Chapter 8: Prioritizing an Equity Challenge and Committing to an Equity Imperative

“There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” -Margaret Wheatley

Chapter 9: Equity-Centered Data Use

“You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgement.” -Alvin Toffler