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Back to school supplies: Resources for creating culturally responsive schools

As you welcome students, families, and staff back to school, what kind of culture and climate are you creating in your own building or in ...

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Lead for a safe and healthy learning environment

When the news about Uvalde broke last week, I was in a meeting with a dozen school leaders of color. We had come together as ...

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We must fight hate with education

Our hearts are heavy. Over the weekend, violent hate crimes ravaged communities in Buffalo, NY and Dallas, TX. In Buffalo, a white man opened fire ...

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Leading by listening: How one district is using community feedback to drive change

When Aaron Jennings became Chelsea School District’s first ever Equity, Diversity, and Excellence Officer in the fall of 2020, he embarked on a listening and ...

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Black history is not a month. Let’s design schools to serve every student every single day.

"It's not possible to learn the long, painful, complicated, beautiful, resilient, and magical history of being Black in the United States in 28 days - ...

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A holiday message from President and CEO Nancy Gutierrez

Wishing you a joyful holiday season from our team at The Leadership Academy. Please take a minute to watch a holiday message from our President &  CEO ...

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Two dozen aspiring superintendents of color graduate from the Influence 100 program in MA

For Leahy School Principal Ethel Cruz of Lawrence, MA, the superintendency once seemed like an unattainable goal. Cruz’s perspective shifted, however, thanks to Influence 100, ...

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Students want to know: Will l feel safe, respected and valued?

The only time my 15-year-old daughter stepped into her high school in the 2020-21 school year was for her state exams. Every other day of ...

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Lead for a young person you love and watch your students flourish

Dearest educational equity champions & leaders, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you. You have led your school or school system to the ...

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Getting questions about critical race theory? Advocate for culturally responsive learning

“Are you teaching our children critical race theory?” “Are you indoctrinating our children?” School and school system leaders are increasingly getting these questions from parents and politicians as schools take on ...

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Culturally responsive budgeting means being strategic and investing in leaders

As state and school system leaders consider how to spend the billions of dollars devoted to K-12 education through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) provisions of the American ...

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Leading for Adam

As we move beyond the details of Adam Toledo’s death and learn more about his life, it's critical to examine how systemic racism and oppression, in particular the ...

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Accountability

Nothing can bring back George Floyd. Nothing can fill the hole in the hearts of his loved ones. But the murder of George Floyd and ...

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When they cut you, I bleed

We say their names, just as we must say the names of all victims of hate.   #SayTheirNames is not just a hashtag. It’s a demand ...

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Elmorisms: A Legacy of Learning Leaders 

The education world has lost a giant. Richard Elmore spent his career as a researcher and professor highlighting the importance of ongoing learning for educators and education leaders

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Culturally responsive leadership matters, research indicates

A new synthesis of two decades of research has found that equity-focused leadership promotes more equitable school outcomes. These findings point to what The Leadership ...

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How to navigate issues of difference in tough post-election conversations

The last week has been one of hard and heart-wrenching conversations. Like many of you, we and our education leader partners have been grappling with ...

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Happy Holidays from The Leadership Academy

Happy holidays from The Leadership Academy. We look forward to continuing the journey toward culturally responsive education in 2021.    

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#EquityReads 2020

Listen to and learn from others. As we reflect on this unspeakably challenging year, we realize we have spent a lot of time trying to do just that. We’ve learned so much from ...

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On #GivingTuesday, give students access to exceptional learning experiences

Education leaders hold the power to transform the lives of young people. Whether they lead a school or an entire school system, a culturally responsive ...

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#GivingTuesday: Give students the education leaders they need

While 2020 has been full of challenges, The Leadership Academy has so much to be thankful for.

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Let’s make smart federal policies to support culturally responsive leadership

The election is over. In about 10 weeks, we will have a new President and Vice President – the first woman and woman of color in that ...

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In honor of Layla Avila

We are devastated by the loss of our dear friend, supporter and partner, Layla Avila.

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We must tell the whole truth about our nation’s racist past

“The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it—at no matter ...

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Thank you, leaders, for your courage, innovation, and leadership

As a school year of unprecedented uncertainty gets underway, I have been deeply moved by the courage and commitment we are seeing from education leaders across the ...

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Make schools safer for students of color

Immediate harm reduction. Comprehensive community safety and restorative justice. Resourcing healthy community practices. These actions are at the center of protesters’ cries for law enforcement reform across the country, as seen in ...

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I’m Not Okay

COVID-19 has increased racism and xenophobia towards the Asian-American community.   COVID-19 has ravaged Native American reservations.   COVID-19 has increased unemployment in the Latinx community.   COVID-19 ...

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In Latinos for Ed blog, CEO calls for combating AAPI hate

As with any pandemic, any crisis, fear is bringing out the worst in people.

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Professional learning cannot – and need not – stop in our remote world

In this piece we focus on a few moves we have found are essential for facilitating continuous professional learning for leaders in a virtual world. 

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Leading school systems through the aftershocks of Covid-19

As education leaders navigate their communities through one of the greatest crises in this nation’s history, it is crucial that they plan for what comes after.

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We will support your leadership through the COVID-19 crisis

Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are writing first to check in on your health, safety, and well-being. Over the last week, we have spoken with ...

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Coronavirus does not discriminate, and neither should we

As I write this, we all continue to determine how to respond to the coronavirus situation in ways that will best keep the people we ...

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An inside look at a comprehensive district-wide approach to leading for equity

Over the last two weeks, members of my team and I have taken a deep dive in two school systems we have been partnering with for some time – Des Moines, IA, and Lexington One, SC. It was a humbling and inspiring experience that I will not soon forget.

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#EquityReads 2019

At the NYC Leadership Academy, we are always looking to learn from other experts in education leadership and equity to inform and sharpen our work. That means we are ...

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Educational Inequities Quiz

What does the data tell us about what’s happening in schools today and has been happening across systems for decades? To help facilitate these conversations, we’ve developed this quiz on the race-based disproportionalities hampering schools and students across the U.S.

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Diversify ed leadership pipelines to transform student learning

Just as it is critical to bring together a diverse set of students to enhance learning, it is also imperative to recruit, retain, and properly develop and support a diverse pipeline of effective school and school system leaders.

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Indigenous School Leaders are Crucial for Undoing Centuries of Inequities

As someone who has spent years working with schools on South Dakota’s reservations, I believe that this kind of intentional, culturally responsive educational leadership is what we need to disrupt the inequities baked into the Indian education system.

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Seeing Others’ Humanity Builds Our Capacity as Leaders

Welcome back and congratulations on a new school year! I hope your summer had the right mix of professional learning, planning, and relaxation. While the ...

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Strategic equity-focused planning makes a difference for our students

Two years ago, the Chesterfield County School Board took on the work of developing a new strategic plan, Imagine Tomorrow, which revolved around our district’s core values of equity, ingenuity, integrity, and teamwork.

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