Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County Public Schools provides a comprehensive look at the district’s reform efforts over the last decade to increase achievement for all students while closing the achievement gap. The text is a guide designed to assist other school districts engaged in the critical work of education reform.

In addition to "Leading for Equity," Harvard University faculty and researchers have produced several case studies over the last four years that provide detailed insights about the MCPS reform journey.

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Praise for the Book

  • “How do we move from islands of excellence—which exist today in virtually every school district—to systems of excellence which unfortunately today are much harder to find? Many of the answers lie in the Montgomery County story. We can hope to serve every child only by committing to whole-district transformation—and Montgomery County is one of the examples that shows us the way.”
    —Arne Duncan, former CEO, Chicago Public Schools
  • Leading for Equity is a game-changer. Every school board member, county official, superintendent, union, and business leader should take note.”
    —Anne L. Bryant, executive director, National School Boards Association
  • Leading for Equity is a must-read for anyone who still doubts that a school district can enable students of all backgrounds to perform at high levels.”
    —Dan Katzir, managing director, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • “The district’s success in improving the achievement levels of minority and low-income students and dismantling barriers to high performance have made it a model for other districts nationwide.”
    —Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators
  • Leading for Equity shows what it is going to take to begin to close the achievement gap: courageous, collaborative, wise, and creative leadership. Useful to scholars and practitioners alike, this book is a valuable addition to the literature of change.”
    —James P. Comer, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University Child Study Center
  • Leading for Equity is not just a story of bold, visionary leadership, it’s a road map for helping all schools succeed.”
    —Jim Hunt, former governor of North Carolina (1977–1985, 1993–2001)
  • “The writers demonstrate what happens when a school district aims high and lines up everything to reach the ‘North Star’ of high academic achievement for all students. Superintendent Jerry Weast and the Montgomery County education community lead the way for school districts everywhere.”
    —Richard W. Riley, former U. S. secretary of education
  • “This behind-the-scenes look at the leadership, vision, and determination of superintendent Jerry Weast and his colleagues presents a practical blueprint for superintendents and everyone else concerned about education reform.”
    —Charles Kolb, president, Committee for Economic Development
  • “Some educators believe that there is no remedy for the achievement gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged school children. Dr. Jerry Weast, the hard-charging superintendent of Montgomery County Schools is not one of them . . . This book carries a message that all serious educators and all who care about America’s future should take to heart.”
    —Roger Wilkins, Clarence J. Robinson Professor Emeritus, George Mason University

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