Equity at every level

By Sonia Caus Gleason
December 2021
Learning how leaders advance equity and justice can inspire, give us mental models, and help us create our own road maps. Eight years ago, Nancy Gerzon and I researched professional learning in high-poverty schools that were narrowing the achievement gap for every demographic, which resulted in the book Growing Into Equity (Corwin, 2013). One of the few U.S. high schools that fit our criteria was Social Justice Humanitas Academy in the Los Angeles Unified School District. José Luis Navarro was the school’s leader and a former California Teacher of the Year. He went on to serve as a local district support coordinator and has returned to school leadership at Birmingham Community Charter High School, where he is lead administrative director. I recently spoke with Navarro

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Sonia Caus Gleason consults and coaches on collaborative adult learning and measurement efforts that pursue equity, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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