FIPSE LSDL Modules

 

PLE 3: Module 6

PLE 3: What is an Equity Audit?

Purpose:

Before participants can effectively marshal and use resources based on data for the specific purpose of better meeting student needs, it is important for them to: 1) understand what equity audits are; and 2) become familiar with the history which brought them to k-12 practice.

Essential Questions:

1. What is an equity audit?

2. How are equity audits used in the k-12 setting?

3. Why are equity audits a vital part of the overall data collection process of districts and schools?

Activities:

1. Participants will read Skrla, L., Scheurich, J. Garcia, J., Nolly, G. (2004). Equity audits: A practical leadership tool for developing equitable and excellent schools, Educational Administration Quarterly, 40(1), 133-161 and McKenzie, K. B., & Scheurich, J. (2004). Equity traps: A useful construct for preparing principals to lead schools that are successful with racially diverse students. Educational Administration Quarterly, 40(5), 601-632.

2. Participants will work in groups and take the role of educational consultants who have been hired by a school district to recommend a data collection strategy that is inclusive of all students in the district and that seeks to inform teachers and leaders about how current practices are serving various populations of students. Each participant group will write a 2-page, single-spaced position paper on why the district should engage in an equity audit.

3. Continuing to serve in the role of educational consultants, participant groups will create a presentation on equity audits to be delivered to teachers and leaders in the district for the purpose of creating buy-in to the process.

Required Reading:

McKenzie, K. B., & Scheurich, J. (2004). Equity traps: A useful construct for preparing

            principals to lead schools that are successful with racially diverse students. Educational        Administration Quarterly, 40(5), 601-632.

Skrla, L., Scheurich, J. Garcia, J., Nolly, G. (2004). Equity audits: A practical leadership tool for developing equitable and excellent schools, Educational Administration Quarterly, 40(1),       133-161.

Supplemental Reading:

McKenzie, K. B., & Skrla, L. (2011). Using equity audits in the classroom to reach and teach all students. NY: Sage.

Scheurich, J., Skrla, L., McKenzie, K. B., Richardson, J. (2009). Using equity audits to create equitable and excellent schools. NY: Sage.