Developing Competencies and Dispositions for Culturally Responsive Leadership

The role of school and school system leaders is complex, challenging, and vital to the realization of an equitable and just society. When leaders are culturally responsive, they lead schools and school systems in ways that disrupt systemic barriers and racist structures, and that create learning experiences intentionally built to meet the needs of every child. Being culturally responsive is the work at the heart of making school systems more equitable.

A strategic approach is essential for making authentic and sustainable growth and change. We help leaders and their teams conduct equity-informed assessments of systems, policies, and practices, and use those findings to prioritize needs and develop and implement longer-term strategies. We provide and can customize professional learning that develops culturally responsive leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to advance equity, including reflecting on their personal equity journey, defining and observing culturally responsive instruction, and building school and family coalitions.

Strategic Equity Plan Development and Implementation

To move the needle on educational equity in schools, system leadership must develop clearly articulated and actionable equity-focused strategic plans with ambitious goals and innovative solutions to accomplish those goals. Using our Equity at Work strategic planning guide as a ...

Equity Audit

The Leadership Academy’s equity audit process enables school systems to diagnose the current state of equity (including examining the impact of COVID-19) and identify focal points and recommended strategies for making improvements.   Our equity audit process is unique and effective ...

Observing Culturally Responsive Instruction

To develop and maintain culturally responsive classrooms, school and district leaders must build their capacity to evaluate classroom instruction through a culturally responsive lens and provide actionable feedback based on classroom observation. Observing Culturally Responsive Instruction enables school and district ...

Coaching for Culturally Responsive Leadership

Leadership coaching helps education leaders take on adaptive challenges that require shifts in mindset and behavior and keeps leaders in their jobs longer and making progress. The most impactful coaches help school and system leaders identify and address inequities in pursuit ...

Sharpening Your Equity Lens: A Professional Learning Series for School and District Leaders

A workshop series with four days of flexible content delivered in your district or system that builds the capacity of district/network and school leaders to identify, confront and address the inequities in our schools.   The foundation for this program is ...

School System Equity Self-Assessment

Our free self-assessment tool provides a framework for school and district leaders to evaluate the state of equity in their school system and to identify and prioritize areas for improvement. The assessment focuses both on school and system leadership (collectively) ...

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