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Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice by [Elena Aguilar]

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Every Child, Every Day

Educational equity means that every child receives whatever she/he/they need to develop his/her/their full academic and social potential and to thrive, every day. By thrive, I mean academically as well as social-emotionally. Every child has a right to feel loved and cared for and to feel that they belong to a community. Emotional well-being is as important as academic success in this definition of educational equity.

Educational equity means there is no predictability of success or failure that correlates with any social or cultural factor—a child's education experiences or outcomes are not predictable because of their race, ethnicity, linguistic background, economic class, religion, gender, orientation, physical and cognitive ability, or any other socio-political identity marker.

Beyond the predictability of success and failure, educational equity means that every child is seen for who they truly are, and their unique interests and gifts are surfaced and cultivated. For every child to cultivate their unique gifts, they need access to an extensive range of learning opportunities, activities, and material. This means when Prentis Jr. discovers in first grade that his love and skill for drawing surmounts all others, he has the opportunity and encouragement to pursue this passion. This means that in fourth grade, when Thui's verbal abilities are recognized, her public speaking skills are developed. Education is a vehicle to self-realization and freedom.

Educational equity means every child, every day. Period.

And yes, this is a high bar: Every child.

And it is an attainable goal.

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"This book is for every teacher leader, coach, and educational practitioner who seeks to interrupt educational inequities. Elena shares her vulnerability and insights, embraces the power of emotions, and deepens our understanding so we can expand our skillsets—helping us to put relationship before task and keep equity at the core."  Tamisha Williams, Dean of Adult Equity & Inclusion, Lick-Wilmerding High School

“Coaching for Equity is an extremely accessible and terrifically useful book for educators at all levels. Elena's authentic and caring voice comes through as she combines personal narrative seamlessly with concrete strategy to help all readers develop their conversational skills around issues of inequity.  I recommend her books again and again.” Jennifer Abrams, Communications Consultant and author of Having Hard Conversations and Swimming in the Deep End

“Finally! – a unique and deeply needed guide to creating equity and shifting hearts, minds, and classrooms using tools of compassion and curiosity instead of tools of force, superiority, and judgment.” laura brewer, How To Make Love

“Elena insightfully offers leaders the essential mindsets, practice frameworks, and explicit tools to create equitable school conditions for every student, every day. This book should be essential reading for all school leaders committed to ensuring students reach their full potential and schools deliver on their promise to disrupt barriers that disproportionately and negatively impact the academic and socio-emotional experiences of black and brown students.” Alexandrea Creer Kahn, former Chief Academic Officer at Leadership Public Schools and co-author of Identity Safe Classrooms: Pathways to Belonging and Learning


“Coaching for Equity: Conversations that Change Practice takes the courageous step of explicitly naming and addressing the social, political, and historical nature of white supremacy and colonialism in American schooling. I’ve had the privilege of learning from Elena over the last eight years and her brilliance in coaching radiates in person and on the pages.  Read and study this text to develop your praxis and your commitment to justice and liberatory education.” Javier Cabra Walteros, Chief Academic Officer at Envision Education

“Finally! Elena Aguilar’s Coaching for Equity is an accessible guidebook that pushes us beyond platitudes of equity to the essential ground of creating complex learning environments that demonstrate--every day--what it takes for all children to receive the educational experiences they deserve. Coaching for Equity is for all of us who have been hungry for guidance about how to gather our people, get past our fragility, and “journey towards justice and liberation” as we work in service to all children.” Kimberly N. Parker, Ph.D., Shady Hill School and co-founder of #DisruptTexts

“Elena Aguilar, once again, delivers an illuminating resource for educators. Through personal experiences, a historical perspective, proven educational methods, and clear direction--teacher leaders will gain tools and strategies necessary for doing the challenging yet essential work of transforming their schools into welcoming, inclusive and equitable environments for learning. I certainly did.” Ellen Shulman, Principal, Minneapolis Public Schools

“Elena Aguilar writes, leads and coaches from compassion, curiosity and a deep commitment to honest conversations about systemic inequities. In this book, Aguilar provides clear, actionable and compassionate tools and resources to ensure that every single child has access to an equitable education.” Kendra Lee, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Learning for Comcast

"Elena Aguilar writes with a humility and power that pulls you in like a warm, engrossing fire. She has a way of unapologetically telling the truth while also meeting you where you are with profound respect for your journey as an educator at any point in your career and as a complete human being. Coaching for Equity: Conversations that Change Practice is a book of wisdom that can only be birthed after decades of firsthand experience and deep reflections on making the unconscious conscious in order to have educational equity for every child, every day." Daisy Han, CEO of Embracing Equity

“I believe a majority of people want to create and contribute to a more equitable society, and we are too often frozen in our good intentions because we cannot address inequities we do not see, we don’t know how to address the inequities we do see, we fear the pain of the process, and we fear the potential to do more harm.  Elena Aguilar offers us a road map to activate our agency and begin the work of dismantling the systems of oppression that hurt us all.  She offers a set of tools to begin building the healing human connections we crave.” Grace Losada, EdD, leadership coach and former vice president of Fusion Education

“Elena has a brilliant approach to providing practical tools, methods, and strategies to examine the behaviors of educators that contribute to creating and sustaining an equitable educational experience that every student, regardless of identity and lifestyle, deserves. As teachers and educational leaders look to refine our practices to best meet the needs of all our students, we will benefit from Coaching for Equity by thinking about things in ways that we should have all along.” Dr. Trina Moore-Southall, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Brentwood School, Los Angeles


“Elena Aguilar has built a compelling equity-coaching model.  Her transformational approach evolves from her core values and 30 years of coaching and experience with diverse cultures. Through story telling she presents strategies that support systemic change; she offers implementation guidelines, and tools. Coaching for Equity is a timely, professional resource that supports an invaluable approach.” Virginia McHugh Goodwin-Wildflower Foundation Coach

“As we long to re-imagine schooling during our time of worldwide trauma, Elena Aguilar brings her expertise about emotional resilience and helps us craft the skillful conversations needed to create equitable classrooms, schools, and districts that honor the needs of all the learners, both children and adults.  This book will refill your reservoir of hope; it will provide you with the blueprint for building an environment where compassion and academic excellence go hand-in-hand.” Cheryl Beeson, retired school and district administrator

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

ELENA AGUILAR is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting, an international education, coaching, and consulting firm that brings new learning practices to organizations. Elena has extensive experience working in diverse school environments as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and leadership coach. She is the bestselling author of The Art of Coaching, The Art of Coaching Teams, and Onward.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B086Q64NWR
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (July 14 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3891 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 559 pages
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Elena has trained thousands of educators across the United States and abroad in transformational coaching and team development. She is a regular contributor for Edutopia and EdWeek Teacher and has published two highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching (2013) and The Art of Coaching Teams (2016) with an upcoming book titled Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators anticipated to release in May 2018.

Elena’s expertise derives from twenty years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. In her role as a consultant, she has partnered with leaders in public and private organizations across the United States and abroad. She holds a B.A. in history and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her teaching credential from California State University, Hayward, and she also holds an administrative services credential. Elena lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, son, and two cats. When she’s not coaching or writing she enjoys traveling abroad, photographing birds, hiking, drinking coffee and reading fiction.

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