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Equity by Design


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Prologue Acknowledgments About the Authors CHAPTER 1 * Universal Design as an Instrument of Change The Power and Promise of Universal Design for Learning Connecting UDL and Social Justice Concrete Examples and Strategies Implementation Spotlight by Dr. Linda Nathan and Ms. Carmen Torres Implementation Spotlight by Ian Wilkins CHAPTER 2 * Laying the Groundwork for Social Justice in Our Classrooms and Learning Communities Concept Stabilization: Defining Social Justice in Your Context Concept Calibration: Now That We've Defined It, What Does It Look Like? Implementation Spotlight by Alice Cohen Identity Development: Who Are We, and What Do We Believe? Implementation Spotlight by Brian Wright Implementation Spotlight by Robert Porter Equity Audit Take Action and Next Steps Implementation Spotlight by Michael S. Martin CHAPTER 3 * Social Justice Through Collaboration and Community Intentional Learning Communities Implementation Spotlight by Kari Thierer Evidence-Based Intentional Learning Going Beyond Access Cogen Dialogues Implementation Spotlight by Pamela Chu-Sheriff Optimizing Student Voice CHAPTER 4 * Personalized Learning for Equity The Design Process Implementation Spotlight by Angeline UyHam and Khari Milner Universal Design as Design Thinking The Power of Student Voice Implementation Spotlight by Andratesha Fritzgerald Supporting Executive Function Through UDL Implementation Spotlight by Amanda Hughes CHAPTER 5 * Identity, Mirrors, and Funds of Knowledge Implementation Spotlight by Arthur Lipkin, EdD Embracing Funds of Knowledge Funds of Knowledge Activities Implementation Spotlight by Joni Degner Facilitating Conversations That Peek Into Mirrors and Windows Implementation Spotlight by Tammie Reynolds Exploring Identity and Diversity Through Writing Implementation Spotlight by Christina Farese CHAPTER 6 * Cultural Responsiveness and Equity UDL as a Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Sustaining Culture Through Relationships Implementation Spotlight by Juan Gallardo Sustaining Culture Through Community Implementation Spotlight by Kristie Jackson Implementation Spotlight by Angel Tucker Implementation Spotlight by Samantha Feinberg Culturally Responsive Curriculum Design Implementation Spotlight by Lissette Castillo Agyeman How to Navigate Holidays in an Equitable Way Implementation Spotlight by Mona M. Abo-Zena and Christina Brown CHAPTER 7 * Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices Restorative Practice to Uphold High Expectations Restorative Practice Continuum Implementation Spotlight by Talisa Sullivan Restorative Practice in Action Implementation Spotlight by Adina Davidson and Annie Leavitt Implementation Spotlight by Dr. Sarah Couplet CHAPTER 8 * A Student's Journey The Early Years Encounters With Authority Appendix A Appendix B: UDL Progression Rubric References

About the Author

Mirko Chardin is the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mirko's work has involved all areas of school management and student support. His greatest experience and passion revolves around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture. He delivers keynotes across the nation on equity, social justice and personal narrative. He is also a race, diversity and cultural proficiency facilitator & leadership coach for the Aspire Institute at Boston University's New Wheelock College of Human Development. He is a principal mentor for the Perone-Sizer Creative Leadership Institute, a Trustee at Wheaton College and is an active hip-hop artist. Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education in Massachusetts. With 17 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and seven published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and universally designed leadership.


"Many teachers and educators are struggling with the concept that 'teaching is a political act.' Many want to know, "'s that my responsibility to teach about social issues that are often controversial?' Equity by Design will allow educators to be reflective and introspective. It is a practical, realistic and useful guide and workbook." -- Paul Forbes

"Social justice should be the pursuit of every school, institution, organization and individual. The authors have demonstrated how UDL (Universal Design for Learning) can be the technique by which social justice is achievable. Their text makes clear that simply having a social justice lens or desire is insufficient; action is what is needed. From culturally responsive teaching, to restorative justice, to the design process, to navigating holidays, Novak and Chardin provide clear rationales, practical strategies, explicit examples, and next step actions for every educator interested in a just society."

-- Wendy Murawski
"Equity by Design is critically relevant for educators of today's youth, the leaders of our future global society, to understand how our work influences their place in the world." -- Lisa Graham
"This book offers a powerful and concrete pathway for educators to incorporate social justice in curriculum development, teaching strategies and practices. Readers meet an array of educators who put these ideas into practice and learn many ideas for creating an equitable and inclusive school."

-- Becki Cohn-Vargas
"Equity by Design will promote usefulness for teachers and students through its research based foundation and practical applications. It is thought provoking!" -- Melanie Sitzer Hedges
"Equity by Design is a must-read for anyone engaged in educating young people. It does a phenomenal job of identifying the barriers that many students face, as well as how educators can help students overcome these barriers."
-- Melissa Miller
"Now, more than ever, equitable education is of the utmost importance. Equity by Design is a great tool for getting those hard conversations started. -- Kelsey Pretzer

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