Understanding diverse perspectives of community is increasingly urgent for developing equitable school systems. Leading in the Belly of the Beast, edited by Gardner, an experienced teacher and school leader, brings together six different leaders in education from across the country, many of whom work primarily with students of color and students living in poverty, to engage issues of institutional accountability and equitable school development. In these intentionally curated essays, the six contributors bring to bear diverse perspectives on the current state of the US education system and how to elicit transformational change. Their perspectives range from addressing systemic challenges to school equity to developing community solidarity and purpose. This text takes a thoughtful look at developing schools designed to succeed through responsive school leadership. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals.