By: Ken Williams
In this powerful, unvarnished, status-quo-disrupting examination of the internal obstacles to providing genuine equal opportunities for every student, bestselling author Ken Williams shows readers how to identify and defeat the enemy of equity by unlocking these barriers through mindset and practice.
RUTHLESS EQUITY is a provocative, empowering coach and guide guaranteed to galvanize every educator who dreams of being an impactful equity warrior able to deliver on the promise of ensuring learning, excellence and achievement for ALL students, regardless of background.
Publication Date: May 5 2022
CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING EMPOWERED TO:
- work with super-charged confidence because you have clarity about how to ensure equity for EVERY student?
- identify the difference between cosmetic gestures of equity and powerful equitable practices that are practical and impactful?
- leverage equitable practices that will make student achievement both measurable and predictable?
- lean into the collective genius of your colleagues because you understand that the answers are in the room?
Can you imagine never again wondering if you make a difference,
because you now understand you are the difference?
IF YOU ANSWERED “YES” TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, THEN YOU NEED…
In this powerful, unvarnished, status-quo-disrupting examination of the internal obstacles to providing genuine equal opportunities for every student, bestselling author Ken Williams shows readers how to identify and defeat the enemy of equity by unlocking these barriers through mindset and practice.RUTHLESS EQUITY is a provocative, empowering coach and guide guaranteed to galvanize every educator who dreams of being an equity warrior able to deliver on the promise of ensuring learning, excellence and achievement for ALL students, regardless of background.
About the author
Author // Ruthless Equity
Ken Williams is a husband, father, nationally-recognized trainer, speaker, coach and consultant in leadership and school culture. A practitioner for nearly three decades, Ken led the improvement efforts at two schools by leveraging the Professional Learning Communities at Work process. Through his company, Unfold The Soul, Ken is skilled in joining the why of the work to the how of the work. He is known for his powerful and engaging combinations of “heart, humor, and hammer.” While his style is inspirational and motivational, he’s also known as a status-quo disruptor, warm demander, and an unapologetic identifier of elephants in the room, with his lens firmly fixed on maximizing the collective strengths of educators in the service of high levels of learning for every student.
When not working or writing, Ken is often out and about “running errands for no reason” in one of two vintage cars, a 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale convertible or a 1972 Buick Riviera. He’s an avid bowler, a lover of classic film, and old-school R&B music. The more of those he can do in a day, the better. He also derives joy from creating memories with family and close friends. Though he hails from New York City, Ken currently lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife, Nicole, son, Adam, daughter, Mia, and their dog, Murphy. To learn more about Ken’s work, follow Ken on Twitter at @unfoldthesoul or visit Unfold The Soul online at www.unfoldthesoul.com.
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Here's what others are saying about ruthless equity
DOUGLAS REEVES | AUTHOR OF ACHIEVING EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE
Readers who know that our children and schools deserve real equity will find wisdom on every page.
In this important book, Ken Williams challenges us to compare rhetoric with reality. We cannot claim to embrace the values of social justice and anti-racism while clinging to curriculum, assessment, teaching and leadership practices that perpetuate inequities. With courage and clarity, Williams offers a path out of the dangers of radioactive rhetoric. Readers who know that our children and schools deserve real equity will find wisdom on every page.
DR. ROSA PEREZ-ISIAH | DISRUPTOR, AUTHOR, CONSULTANT, ED LEADER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
An excellent tool for every educator!
Learning about inequity, systemic racism, and culturally responsive teaching is important work, but knowledge is power only when applied. Ken Williams captures the necessary work that follows the learning. An excellent tool for every educator!
BARUTI KAFELE | EDUCATOR, RETIRED PRINCIPAL, AUTHOR
A courageous effort to raise awareness of what classroom equity is and what it is not.
Ken Williams couldn’t have given this book a better title! A courageous effort to raise awareness of what classroom equity is and what it is not. Williams pulls the gloves off on this one and pulls no punches in breaking down what he’s coined, Ruthless Equity.
ANGELA MAIERS | FOUNDER & CEO, CHOOSE TO MATTER
Ruthless Equity is amazing and insightful.
Ruthless Equity is amazing and insightful. The examples, real-life experiences, and activities Williams provides create the perfect starting point for you to be the best educator you can by doing what we are meant to do. An absolute joy for any educator to read.
JOHN D. EWALD, ED.D.| FORMER SUPERINTENDENT, PRINCIPAL, TEACHER
Ruthless Equity is a must read.
During these challenging times, educators are looking for resources, leaders are looking for guidance, and our students need us to be there for them, now more than ever. The wait is over! With powerful knowledge, impactful guidance, and purposeful next steps, Ken Williams once again delivers, for all of us — students, teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, and community members. Ruthless Equity is a must read.
Georgina Rivera| K-8 School Administrator, NCSM 2nd Vice President
Ken Williams reminds us equity begins with examining both ourselves and
our school practices. He takes his 30 years of experience and reminds us what
it truly takes to achieve equity and learning excellence in our classrooms. He
carefully lays out the necessary mindset and action steps to ensure learning for
each and every learner…that is Ruthless Equity.
Dr. Tom Many and Susan Sparks | Authors and Educational Consultants, Ken
Williams Fan Club, Charter Members
Ken Williams engages the reader in an authentic opportunity to reflect on the
incredibly important topic of equity. In Ruthless Equity, Ken strips away the
confusion and chaos of our current conversation with compelling and concrete
actions that any educator can take in their district, at their school, and on their
teams. We recommend that every educator take the time to read this
Naomi Austin | EdS, Secondary Principal
I have always been committed to the success of all students, especially those
seen as the most challenged, disabled, dysfunctional, or undesirable. The kids
that are thought of as THOSE kids have always been MY kids. And yet you still
challenge me to examine the unnoticed bias in my practices and produce
evidence of my beliefs. Because of your guidance, I have the tools to foster a
ruthless commitment in myself and my staff. Because of your unapologetic
approach, all kids win.
Luis F Cruz, PhD | Education Consultant and Best-selling Author
Written with passion, integrity and the same sense of urgency he calls for
throughout the pages of this book, Ken eloquently reminds educators that
while ‘philosophizing’ about the origins of oppression is an important
conversation, the actions we as educators must embrace to forcefully confront
the devastating effect of inequities in our schools and classrooms is paramount.
If you are interested in discovering how educators must ensure high levels of
learning for all students regardless of zip code, color of skin or immigration
status, Ruthless Equity will not disappoint.
Kandace Friend| CLASSROOM TEACHER
Author Ken Williams raises critical questions that have long concerned
those of us in the field of education: social injustice and equality issues.
Let's get uncomfortable and discuss the systematic inequitable practices on a
local level: the district, the school and the classroom.
Keri Hughes | Classroom Teacher
Students who have academic and life struggles carry around an imaginary
bag of educational failures. If I choose to focus on helping them unpack that
bag and gain those skills rather than continuing to add more to that bag, I will
have the opportunity to witness a celebration of victory. Thank you, Grumpy
Dr. William C. Greene, Jr.
Ken Williams' work has always been relevant and timely, but this impactful
critical analysis comes at a pivotal time in our nation’ history. Introducing his
readers to a new lexicon in a way only he can, proves to be both powerful and
purposeful. Our children deserve better, and this book reaches out to every person that
has sought to change the world by asking the reader to start at the ‘granular level’
before going global.