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In collaboration with my colleagues, Rodney Thomas and Adam Parrott-Sheffer, I recently wrote a book to support new and experienced leaders enter successfully into leadership roles in equity-focused and human-centered ways.

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Entry-Planning for Equity-Focused Leaders: Empowering Schools and Communities

By Jennifer Perry Cheatham, Rodney Thomas, and Adam Parrott-Sheffer


A vital resource for educational leaders, Entry Planning for Equity-Focused Leaders introduces an equity-minded process for intentional entry planning that sets the stage for sustainable change within organizations.

In this practitioner-focused and action-oriented work, Jennifer Perry Cheatham, Rodney Thomas, and Adam Parrott-Sheffer consolidate their extensive experience centering equity in leadership. They affirm that the entry of a new leader, or the pivot of an established one, affords an unparalleled opportunity to garner the insight, trust, and commitment that will establish a basis for positive, equitable transformation within a system.

To learn more, and gain access to sample entry plans and resources, check out: https://leadershipentry.com/

Book Reviews

Entry Planning for Equity-Focused Leaders will change how superintendents think about entering a new role or school district. Offering both a conceptual framework and hands-on guidance, the authors provide leaders with what they need to begin their role proactively and deeply from an equity stance. Stories throughout the book provide additional inspiration and modeling to show what can be done on behalf of students, families, and communities.

Max Silverman
Executive Director, University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership.

“Courageous vision and planning are the bedrock of any successful implementation, especially when it comes to blending an equity-centered approach into the frontier offered by a new job. This book offers neophytes and seasoned school leaders guidance, tools, and a charge to effectively navigate politics, long-held norms, and misplaced energies in pursuit of opportunities for all students.”

Sonja Santelises
CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools

“Disrupting inequities and creating more culturally responsive schools and systems requires intentional leadership moves. Cheatham, Thomas, and Parrott-Sheffer offer the gift of lifting stories of leaders who entered their leadership journeys with purpose and who model what it looks like to display your values and center equity in how you listen, learn, and iterate even when things get tough.”

Nancy Gutierrez
President & CEO of The Leadership Academy

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Let’s explore how I might be useful to you in your own work.

Learn more about my courses, including how to sign up for my professional course on leadership entry.

Learn more about the Public Education Leadership Project at Harvard and how to get involved.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments on ways I can enhance my leadership programs and courses.