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Coaching for Equity is a powerful must-read for anyone (not only coaches, not only educators) who wants to live, work, and interact in ways that promote equity and better understand the impacts of inequity, racism, bias, and white supremacy culture. Reading the book feels like Elena is with you, coaching you, providing the right combination of nudging and support as you uncover challenging truths and questions and plan for growth and change in your own practice and the systems within which you operate. The information about how to have (healing, not difficult!) conversations and respond to racist statements and actions is unbelievably helpful. Elena is a beautiful writer, storyteller, and researcher. Her books are readable and inspiring. For me, this one is also life-changing.
I have been recommending this book to everyone! My copy is highlighted in more than one color, marked up with notes in the margins, and has post-it note flags sticking out of the sides and top. I have read parts of it more than once, and know that I will return to it to refer to and to read again. Everyone I have talked to that has read it has found it profoundly moving and helpful.
Please -- for yourself, for the people you love, for the people you work with, for our world -- get this book and read it. You will be so glad you did.
This book has been truly transformational both in terms of coaching and my personal life. Elena masterfully lays the groundwork to develop deep, lasting professional relationships that are founded on trust, empathy, and respect while shedding light on the windows of opportunity and timing for knowing when and how far to push clients to explore their beliefs and ways of being that contribute to inequity in their classrooms.
Elena's honesty, vulnerability, and insight in describing her own personal experiences in the coaching for equity process are extremely valuable in understanding how to walk the walk. I have followed her advice and had some amazing conversations with clients that have allowed them the time and space to explore how their own experiences have influenced their teaching practices in ways they had not previously understood. My clients have created their own meaningful and impactful goals based on our conversations and are working to transform their practice as a result, myself included!
I have used her gentle but firm approach to addressing tough subjects with my own family members and it has truly been transformational.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It has benefits far outside of the coaching realm.
After reading Elena Aguilar’s Onward and The Art of Coaching Teams, it was a must to read her latest book, Coaching for Equity. This book is not a book about Equity that leaves you tired and wanting a break from the topic. It is a book that accompanies you with strategies to continue to evolve on the topic, it has concrete examples of how tools and strategies are being used, and you can watch amazing educators book study in her Instagram account. I recommend this book to anyone trying to embark with certainty onto coaching with an equitable lens and validation.
Elena Aguilar has done it again--written another book that is one of my go-to texts as an educational leader. Her balance of both being on the balcony and the dance floor, sharing personal vignettes, and giving such clear ways to disrupt the racism and inequity that is in us and in our schools is phenomenal. Reading this book has helped me deepen my commitment that coaching for equity is not a one-time conversation but are conversations and approaches that we revisit again and again and have hope that every human being can change. It's beautifully challenging and inspiring as it's also very practical.
Coaching for Equity - Conversations that Change Practice by Elena Aguilar is a must have for school leaders committed to building more equitable learning environments for students . . . and the educators who support them.
The author presents a powerful and thoughtful message about the foundations of work leaders at all levels can do by sharing real talk about the realities of hurdles that face us in endeavors large and small with supporting others in understanding racism, equity, and inclusiveness. Aguilar exposes and supports the very nature of our journey as leaders and fuels our ability to champion equity in every conversation we have with those around us.
The powerful metaphor Aguilar presents in the book of a bridge from our current reality to ideal reality is one that encapsulates so much of the work we're pondering and dedicating time to as leaders in schools (equity, resilience, leadership, instruction, and teams).
As a veteran school leader, I can't think of a better resource than Coaching for Equity for 2021!
Elena Aguilar's latest book is a timely read, and it is not just for coaches! This book is for everyone because we all are interconnected and for each and every student to thrive, we need to all participate in the healing conversations Elena Aguilar references in this book. This is the kind of book you want to discuss with a group of friends. It's thought-provoking. At times she'll step on your toes and challenge your behavior, beliefs and who you want to be. When you finish reading it though, you'll realize that you're better equipped to join in the conversation around equity. While this book is relevant for classroom teachers and coaches, I highly recommend this book for school leaders too. The book offers practical and actionable steps we can each take to ensure our students have the educational experiences worthy of them.
I started reading Aguilar's books about five years ago when I became a coach. Her insight, knowledge, kindness, and organization is so helpful and I have grown a lot through her work. Having Coaching for Equity right now feels like a gift. So many of the stories she has shared are ones I have experienced. She is giving me language and structure to be brave and organized and thoughtful in my work as a coach. She is giving me tools that I can use and share with my clients and colleagues. She gives me hope and compassion for myself in this hard work of transformational coaching. My joke with my colleagues is that I say to myself "WWEAD" -- What would Elena Aguilar do? when I am in a tricky situation or trying to unpack something with an educator. I can not recommend this book highly enough-- to coaches, to leaders, to anyone who is involved in work around racial equity and understanding how to help move people towards lasting change.
I am currently reading this text with a group of coaches. It's pushing my practice after 9 years of coaching. Through written word, Elena's ability to coach the coach transfers and lands in every chapter. I can reflect on my past coaching experiences, but also look ahead as to how to shift and refine my relationships and practices. Every kid, every day...it's as simple and complex as that!
Elena's latest book truly has the power to transform schools. Learning how to have conversations with educators while employing your compassion, curiosity, empathy, and lack of judgment supports coaches in developing trusting relationships with their clients while helping them shift their belief systems. Reading this book and taking Elena's Coaching for Equity Master Class has improved my coaching immensely in such a short amount of time. It empowers us and gives us the tools to have powerful conversations about race and systems of oppression that result in deepening our self-awareness and support us in building effective habits of mind that result in creating more equitable schools.
Elena's book "Coaching for Equity" is a must-have book! I participated in a two month book club with her Bright Morning group. We were limited to read a handful of chapters due to time, but the chapters I did read gave me multiple deep insights as an Educator, Coach and a Learner. In which made me reflect on my own practices. I learned more about the history of race, systems of oppression and how White Supremacy was created. I became curious of my own gaps from her "Mind the Gap" graphic and understanding how to be an effective Transformative Coach. Lastly, it confirmed my belief to always interrupt the status quo through being a conscious Educator/Coach/Person, teaching multiple perspectives (esp. history) to my students and colleagues, taking time to reflect and learn and, most importantly, advocate against systems of oppression (racism, sexism, ablism etc). Having difficult conversations with people is the first step for change. Get your copy of Coaching for Equity soon!