Improvement Science in Education and Beyond Series
Improvement Science
Promoting Equity in Schools
Published: August 2021
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Published: August 2021
6" x 9"
Language: English

Improvement Science: Promoting Equity in Schools is intended for classroom teachers, school leaders, and district leaders charged with leading improvement efforts in schools. From questions such as “how do I develop a love of reading in my classroom?” to “how can I better manage student behavior during independent learning time?” to “what should we do to make sure kids of all races read at grade level by third grade” to “how could we include families of all backgrounds as partners in learning” or “how do we increase our graduation rate among underserved students” or even “how do we reduce theft during lunchtime,” this book shares real-life examples from those who are currently leading equity-focused improvement in our classrooms and schools. If you are curious about how Improvement Science has been used, or how others have succeeded--or failed--at equity-focused improvement efforts in our classrooms and in our schools, or if you’re wondering how to spur discussions in school districts, universities, and communities about leading equity-focused improvement, this book is for you. Teachers, students, family members, community members, principals and superintendents will be inspired to embrace Improvement Science as a method to improve equity in their schools.

The book helps people new to Improvement Science to understand the basic steps to implement the process. If you’re a beginner, it provides some basic steps and a resource ( to help you understand the process better; for those with some experience, the book will be an excellent refresher and tool with functional suggestions to take your practice further.

1.       Form a Team.

2.       Examine Data.

3.       Ask Why.

4.       Read Research.

5.       Get Perspective of Those Closest to the Problem.

6.       Plan the Change.

After you’ve done the above, then it’s time to test one idea, using short Plan Do Study Act cycles. These are short improvement cycles. Students are only in our classrooms generally for one year, so the cycles need to be short, perhaps even as short as one week, to ensure that every instructional move we are making truly does improve the experience of the students.

Readers of Improvement Science: Promoting Equity in Schools will be taking an important step toward achieving the goal of producing socially just classrooms and schools.

Perfect for courses such as: Culturally Responsive Learning Environments; Educating For Equity And Social Justice; Cultivating Culturally Responsive Classrooms; Integrating Methods And Curriculum Design; Inquiry, Assessment, And Instructional Design; Foundations Of Culturally And Linguistically Responsive Practice; Math Literacy; Physical Education; Professional Collaboration In Education; Language And Literacy Development Of Diverse Learners; Equal Opportunity: Racism; Diversity And Equity In Schools; Cultural Proficiency In Schools; Language And Power In Education; Teaching For Equity In Literacy; Supportive Classroom Communities; Cultural Diversity In Literature; Engaging Students In Writing; Introduction To School Leadership; Introduction To School Improvement; Teacher Leadership And School Improvement

Table of Contents:

List of Tables and Figures



Chapter 1
Deborah Peterson and Susan Carlile

Part I: Reading

Chapter 2
Impact by Design: Promoting Equity Through Reading Achievement of Students of Color
Naichen Zhao, Erin Anderson, Sandy Lochhead, and Laura Vasta

Chapter 3
University Academy Lab Schools: Closing the Gaps in Literacy
Jennifer Rasberry, Michael Odell, Teresa Kennedy, Kelly Dyer, Jaclyn Pedersen, and Jo Ann Simmons

Chapter 4
Equity Matters: Witnessing the Stories of Students and Families
Lynda Tredway, Matthew Militello, Moraima Machado, and Jolia Bossette

Chapter 5
Increasing Reading Engagement in Middle Level Learners: How to Reverse the Decline
Rhiannon Young

Part II: Writing

Chapter 6
Small-Group Instruction in Writer’s Workshop: A Surprising Obstacle
Daniel F. Barnard

Chapter 7
Improving Gender Equity in Written Language
Frauke Meyer and Linda Bendikson

Chapter 8
Expressive Writing: Students With Disabilities
Adrienne Stimson Clark

Part III: Math and Science

Chapter 9
Improvement Science Models Used for Achievement in Mathematics
Jaclyn Pedersen, Michael Odell, Teresa Kennedy, Kelly Dyer, Jo Ann Simmons, and Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz

Chapter 10
Access Versus Ability: Advanced Mathematics for Every Child
Anne Larkin and Corey Jenks

Chapter 11
Increasing Fourth-Grade Math Achievement for Historically Underserved Populations Utilizing Targeted Intervention Groups
Dr. Holly Altiero

Chapter 12
Improving Math Growth Indicators for Elementary Students With Disabilities
Shane Brown

Chapter 13
Equity in STEM Programs
Keith Grosse

Part IV: Health, Wellness, and Physical Education

Chapter 14
Physical Education and Indigenous Youth: Middle School Physical Education and Indigenous Youth
Jarod Milko


Chapter 15
Moving Forward
Cassandra Thonstad, Susan Carlile, and Deborah Peterson

About the Authors