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Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity

Let's end the dysfunctional cycle of equity implementation once and for all!
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Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation

Let's end the dysfunctional cycle of equity implementation once and for all.


Authors: Floyd Cobb, John Krownapple


Schools and districts continue to struggle with equity initiatives that actually work. Far too often, they take action that reinforces a vicious cycle of failure. In Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity, Cobb and Krownapple contend that this failure is largely because educators fail to grasp and use the keys to equity success: dignity, belonging, and inclusion. Cobb and Krownapple unpack these concepts and offer them within a practical framework for creating schools that work for every student. This book is for districts, schools, and educators who want to get it right when it comes to educational equity!


Belonging Authors Cobb and

Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple's friendship and professional relationship started in December 2008 at the annual conference of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC), now Learning Forward. As two individuals who have been tapped as “equity leaders” in their individual professional contexts, they have come to observe some very familiar patterns despite the fact that they've led this work in different regions of the country. In this book, they'd like to share these patterns but more importantly, their vision of how to make the noble and humanitarian undertaking of equity implementation more effective. 


Dr. Floyd Cobb

Floyd Cobb holds almost 20 years of experience in the field of education spanning the P-20 continuum holding roles as a teacher, school leader, district curriculum leader and a statewide policy implementer.
Cobb holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. There, he is a...


John Krownapple

John Krownapple specializes in professional and organizational learning and development in the areas of belonging, inclusion, and equity. He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where his coursework focuses on organizational and pedagogical responses to the issues that emerge from diversity, and for 15 years he served as the coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion in a s...

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What Others are Saying

"This book is essential reading for leaders committed to effective implementation that truly transforms the social and academic conditions in school for students, families and educators."

– Zaretta Hammond, Educator and Author, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

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