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Principal’s Exchange Outlines Model for Attacking Educational Inequities in Educational Leadership National Publication

The November 2016 edition of Educational Leadership magazine will feature an article by two Principal’s Exchange leaders explaining how data analysis can reveal why some students fail and how educators can correct those outcomes.

The article, by Principal’s Exchange CEO Robin Avelar La Salle and Senior Data and Equity Consultant Ruth S. Johnson, is part of the magazine’s focus on “disrupting inequity.”

The issue is a linchpin of the work done by Principal’s Exchange, a California-based education consultant that empowers educators at historically underperforming schools to use data and collaborative practices to enact systemic changes that boost student achievement.

Educational Leadership, with a circulation of 135,000, is the flagship publication of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ACSD). ACSD, founded in 1943, is one of the nation’s leading sources of information on teaching and learning, and of new ideas relevant to practicing educators. The magazine was recognized by the Association of American Publishers as the Best Overall Publication in 2016.

“We are thrilled to be included in this landmark publication addressing inequities in educational success,” Avelar La Salle said. “This is a critical issue often discussed in general terms, so it’s encouraging to see Educational Leadership provide a forum for deeper discussion and sharing of specific solutions.”

Principal’s Exchange helps districts review data to discover systemic issues behind inequitable outcomes and empowers educators as they create solutions to those issues. Schools that work with the group show extraordinary leaps in performance by students who often face the greatest struggles at public schools, including English learners and children from low-income households.

Avelar La Salle, who earned her Ph.D. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, has worked as a teacher, administrator and university professor. She and Johnson co-authored a book titled “Data Strategies to Uncover and Eliminate Hidden Inequities: The Wallpaper Effect.”