A Handbook for Equity-Driven School Leadership
Justice in Search of Leaders: A Handbook for Equity-Driven School Leadership is a guide for educators who are committed to equity-driven teaching, leading, and policy-making, and would like to operationalize socially just school practices for all children. Moving beyond a heroes and holidays approach to addressing racism, bias, injustice, and a cluster of isms, it provides a deeper understanding of the causes of structural inequities in schools, and suggests approaches for deconstructing them. The book includes a frank discussion of race, racism, social dominance, and implicit bias, and encourages both objective and subjective analyses of how they infect school practice.
America’s ambivalent response to race, racial identity development, the nature of prejudice, and how humans form values and develop belief systems is explored in some depth. There is also a critique of Whiteness as a socio-political concept as it relates to power and privilege, and as a demographic reality as it relates to institutional discrimination in schools. The book is not a critique of white people, and it is important that readers make that distinction. This leads to a discussion of the tricky and challenging process of changing beliefs, values, and attitudes as they relate to school leadership and teaching, and how all of this is connected to the power dynamics in schools.
Justice in Search of Leaders: A Handbook for Equity-Driven School Leadership encourages educators to acknowledge that we all have racial identities and biases that inform professional practice, and to reflect on the significance of this. It means thinking deeply about socially abhorrent subjects which make us uncomfortable and cause us to retreat to the safety of our comfort zones. This is necessary because for most under-served students, there is no retreat and no safety; there are only discomfort zones.
- Published in print:
- 07 Feb 2018
- Peter Lang US
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- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
- Advance Praise for Justice in Search of Leaders
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- List of Tables
- I Must Have Been Mistaken (Shaylah McQueen-Lee)
- Defining Social Justice
- Are Social Justice Initiatives Part of a Radical Social Agenda?
- How, When, and Why Did Justice Become a ‘Dirty’ Word, and What Does This Have to Do with Social Dominance?
- Prologue: Nakedness
- Playing in the Dark …
- Definitions of Key Terms—Prejudice, Racism, and Discrimination
- More Definitions—Attitudes and Beliefs
- Inner Conflicts
- The Double-Edged Blade—Racism Damages Everyone It Touches—Even White People
- Playing the Race Card
- Dancing on Hot Coals: The Problem of Deconstructing Whiteness
- Deconstructing Whiteness
- Breaking the Silence—Step One Toward a Healthy White Racial Identity
- Helms’ Model of White Racial Identity Development
- Helms’ Model of White Identity Development
- Stages and Phases of White Racial Identity Development
- Implicit Bias—An Overview
- Implicit Bias—Quick Facts Where Our Biases Originate
- Reasons to Ignore Implicit Bias Michael Carr’s Theory of Change—The 40% (Dis)solution
- But What Does This Have to Do with Equity and Bias in a School Setting?
- The 40% (Dis)solution
- The Theoretical Basis for Social Dominance Orientation
- Connecting Social Dominance Orientation to the Educative Process: 15 Critical Elements of SDO
- 15 Critical Elements of SDO
- The METCO Program: Busing in Boston, or What It Feels Like to Be Treated Like a ‘Guest’ in Your Own School
- Transforming Social Dominance Orientation and Deconstructing Bias in Schools or How to Stop Viewing the World as a ‘Competitive Jungle’
- The Problem with Color Blindness as a Response to Bias in Schools
- “You Can’t Handle the Truth!”
- Forms of Subtle Racism
- Keeping It Real—Connecting Implicit Racial Bias to School Discipline Disparities
- (De)biasing and Strategies for Change (Part 1)—Rethinking White Racial Socialization
- Wendell’s Story
- Differentiating Between Active and Passive Racial Socialization
- White Racial Socialization: What Role Should Schools Play?
- Schools Are the Missing Link in the Racial Socialization Process
- (De)biasing and Strategies for Change (Part 2)
- Successful Research-Based (De)biasing Interventions
- Multicultural Education and Multicultural Social Justice Education Defined
- Culture: ‘Borders’ and ‘Boundaries’
- Multicultural Social Justice Leadership
- Leadership Matters
- Leading Change
- Equity-Driven School Leadership
- “I Don’t Think I’m a Racist, but I Don’t Want to Talk About Race!”: How Critical Race Theory Reframes Discussions About Race
- Critical Race Theory
- The Paradox of Leadership
- Adaptive Change
- Equity Leadership and Race
- Present and Future Demographics
- Teacher Leadership for Equity and American Democracy
- Teacher Shared Leadership—The Creative Redistribution of Power in Schools: How Does This Affect Equity?
- Teacher, Learner, Leader: A Conceptual Framework for Equity-Driven Teacher Leadership
- Toward a Framework for Preparing Leaders for Social Justice: The Capper, Theoharis, Sebastian Framework for Social Justice Leadership Preparation
- Case Study: In Search of a Model of Teacher Preparation for Equity and Leadership: An Examination of the Conceptual Framework of the School of Education at Quinnipiac University
- The Conceptual Framework
- Definitions of Social Justice
- From Conceptual Framework
- Anonymous Reflections from Pre-Service Teacher Candidates
- Content Knowledge
- Teaching that Values Diversity
- Educator as Learner
- Educator as Leader
- Using the Capper, Theoharis and Sebastian Framework: Implications for Social Justice Teacher Leadership Preparation
- Bias Cannot Be Eradicated, But It Can Be Harnessed
- Definitions of Microaggressions
- Making Assumptions About Students and Their Backgrounds
- Suggestions for Addressing Microaggressions in the Classroom
- Series index
List of Tables
tables Table 5.1: The Relationship Between SDO, Schools, and Social Justice 127 Table 6.1: Examples of Microaggressions in a Classroom Setting 157 Table 6.2: Prevailing Research-Based Explanations for Disproportionate Discipline Policies and Practices 161 Table 6.3: Complex Factors That Interact to Produce Race-Neutral or Race-Biased Disciplinary Decisions 163 Table 6.4: Messages About Race 172 Table 6.5: (De)biasing Interventions for Teachers and Administrators (Part 1) 176 Table 6.6: (De)biasing Interventions for Teachers and Administrators (Part 2) 177 Table 9.1: Capper, Theoharis, Sebastian: Schema for Social Justice Leadership Preparation 256
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