Using Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools

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Overview

Use the power of equity audits to help eliminate achievement gaps and educational bias!

Grounded solidly in theory and the use of data, this resource provides practical, easy-to-implement strategies for effectively using equity audits to ensure a high-quality education for all students, regardless of socio-economic class. Readers will discover how to increase equity awareness at school and district levels and remedy inequalities in teacher quality, program design, and student achievement by using:

  • A set of “inequity indicators” for evaluating schools, generating essential data, and identifying problem areas
  • Nine skill sets for improved equity-oriented teaching
  • Charts, graphs, and support materials that can be customized for specific settings

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Editorial Reviews

Tonya Gau Bartell
"A good first step for school leaders looking to address inequalities in their schools. I particularly like the authors’ recognition that to conduct an equity audit is not enough—one needs to become an equity-oriented change agent."
Nic Cooper
"Achieving equity in our schools is not something we have to do for NCLB; it is something we must do for our kids! This book frames this task, tells us who can make it happen, and shows us how to do it."
Mary Johnstone
"A myriad of ideas and suggestions that can be used on a small scale in a small school or department, or on a large scale throughout a district. The book is unique in my experience and makes a definite contribution. The chapter on developing teacher skills is the best and most useful account I’ve encountered in recent memory, and the entire premise of the book has the potentialto raise the level of discourse on issues of equity in our schools, as well as what we can do to make schools better."
Lawrence Kohn
"The book offers many wonderful strategies and suggestions. It allows leaders to institute analysis and change in a very effective manner."
Judith A. Rogers
"Concise, coherent, thought provoking, inspiring, and a true call to action. The authors have set before us rich food for thought, dialogue, and action in very few pages of text!"
Sara E. Spruce
"An excellent book for training those seeking administrative certification. The material is well-documented, useful for improving teacher quality, and a good guidebook for providing insights to reducing bias and prejudice in all aspects of academia. Succinct, useful, adaptable, and practical."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412939324
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 295,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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 five other books, the most recent of which is Using Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools (Corwin Press, 2009).

Kathryn Bell Mc Kenzie is Associate Professor of Educational Administration and affiliated faculty member in Women and Gender Studies at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M, Kathryn worked for over 25 years in public education as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, principal, and Deputy Director of the University of Texas/Austin Independent School District Leadership Academy. Maintaining her commitment to practice and practitioners, Kathryn consults and researches extensively in public schools. Her areas of research include Equity and Social Justice in Schools, School Leadership, and Qualitative Methodology. Kathryn is also Associate Editor for Educational Administration Quarterly and Regional Editor for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Kathryn has published extensively in the major journals in her field. She and her colleagues Dr. Linda Skrla and Dr. Jim Scheurich are the authors of the bestselling Corwin (2009) book, Using Equity Audits to Create Equitable and Excellent Schools.

James Joseph Scheurich is an associate professor in educational administration and the director of the Public School Executive Leadership Programs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of two books, Anti-Racist Scholarship and Research Method in the Postmodern, and coauthor with Bob Donmoyer and Michael Imber of another, The Knowledge Base in Educational Administration. In addition, he anda coauthorhave another book under contract and nearly completed, Equity and Accountability. He is the coeditor with Angela Valenzuela of the journal, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles in academic journals, including in Educational Researcher, Journal of Education Policy, Urban Education, Educational Administration Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, and the International Journal of Leadership in Education, among others. He also writes newspaper editorials and for education journals, such as Phi Delta Kappan. His doctorate was earned at The Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Judith Richardson
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Part I. Background and Context for Equity Audits
1. Introduction
2. The Case for Systemic Equity
3. History and Overview of Equity Audits
Part II. The Equity Audit Process for Schools and Districts
4. Teacher Quality Equity
5. Programmatic Equity
6. Achievement Equity
7. Equity Audits at the School District Level
Part III. Equity Audit Follow-Up Actions and Strategies
8. Becoming an Equity-Oriented Change Agent
9. Increasing Equity Consciousness
10. Developing High-Quality Teaching Skills
11. Avoiding Equity Traps and Developing Equity Skills
12. Conclusion
References
Index

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