Over the past several years, we have become more keenly aware of the pervasive nature of opportunity and achievement gaps in many of the schools serving our most vulnerable students. These differences in opportunities, supports and outcomes represent some students’ limited access to excellence in all aspects of their education.
The challenge for principals is to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to engage in a quality education experience. To meet this challenge, both equity and excellence must be driving forces in the leadership of schools. Principals must be equity-centered instructional leaders.
June Rimmer, associate director at CEL, highlights the role of the principal in closing achievement gaps, describes the work of an equity-centered instructional leader in the improvement of instructional practice and explains how we can build the capacity and expertise of principals to equip them to be leaders of schools that ensure equity so that every student experiences excellence in their learning and achieves at high levels.