Now is the time for Breakthrough Leadership. This book was borne out of urgency. We face the consequences of a raging pandemic, coupled with an unprecedented call to end racial injustice. COVID-19 has exposed longstanding structural inequities, while at the same time offering a rare
breakthrough opportunity to dismantle inequitable systems that have harmed our most marginalized students for generations. The volume is rooted in moral courage and calls us to act upon a new discovery, or epiphany about a fundamental truth that challenges previous beliefs. It offers examples of schools that were
beating the odds pre-COVID-19 as well as strategies for changing those odds in the future. The book also spotlights professionals now leveraging crises like this to shape local and national priorities toward a more equitable and healthy society for our children in order to: create and sustain Equitable Learning Communities (ELCs) that are grounded in relational trust; establish comprehensive systems to ensure that all students thrive; implement cutting-edge principles of effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment including culturally responsive teaching, trauma-informed practice, and blended learning; and meaningfully engage families and community. Leadership from the classroom to the board room is needed to advance an agenda of equitable and successful outcomes for our students. The facts stakes couldn't be starker. Good leadership saves lives both in pandemics, and in our profession.