In this inspiring collection, 13 early childhood leaders take action to challenge and change inequitable educational practices in preschools and elementary schools. For them, educating for social justice is not an empty platitude. Steadfast and resolute, they turn rhetoric into reality as they guide early childhood teachers to teach for social justice innovatively and strategically. Through the voices of families, teachers, and the administrators themselves, each chapter shares ways that these leaders use the power entrusted in them to question and disrupt discriminatory and marginalizing practices that deny opportunities for some students while privileging others. The book includes insights, strategies, and resources that administrators can use to build confidence, knowledge, and skills as they invest in more equitable and just pre/schools.
- Highlights the actions of administrators as they take a stand to transcend standardized approaches to teaching and learning, creating more equitable educational environments.
- Portrays strategies and resources used to engage teachers in critical examination of self and the institutions in which they work.
- Describes principles and practices that guide administrators as they support the development of culturally relevant practices and policies.
- Offers powerful ways early childhood administrators can approach inequitable mandates.
- Highlights the voices of families as they participate in and are impacted by the work of administrators.
“Susi Long, Mariana Souto-Manning, and Vivian Vasquez, scholars with stellar reputations in the fields of early childhood education, critical literacy, and social justice education, have combined their considerable talents to edit a book that will serve as a beacon of hope for administrators, policymakers, and educators at all levels of learning and teaching.”
—From the Foreword by Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and bestselling author
Table of Contents
Foreword Sonia Nieto ix
Introduction: Silence Is Not an Option Susi Long Mariana Sonto-Manning Vivian Maria Vasquez 1
1 Courageous Leaders: No Empty Platitudes Susi Long Mariana Souto-Manning Vivian Maria Vasquez 7
2 The Courageous Leadership, Labor, and Love of Bessie Gray Marcelle M. Haddix 19
3 Humanizing Early Childhood Education: Courageously Caring Leadership in a Bilingual Head Start Program Mariana Souto-Manning Yandra Mordan-Delgadillo 31
4 Leadership in a Dual-Language Community Preschool: Small Steps Toward Creating an Assets-Based Program Kindel Nash Geralyn Sosinski 45
5 Bridging Languages, Cultures, and Worlds Through Culturally Relevant Leadership Mariana Souto-Manning Rebeca Madrigal Karina Malik Jessica Martell 57
6 Developing a Wealth Mindset and a Critical Stance: Collaborative Inquiry as a Path to Social Justice Bilal Polson Mónica Byrne-Jiménez 69
7 Understanding Family Involvement: Race, Class, Schooling, and Family Life in a Rural Black Community Michele Myers 80
8 Determined to Make a Difference: Becoming a Culturally Responsive Administrator Detra Price-Dennis 91
9 Making It Happen: Risk-Taking and Relevance in a Rural Elementary School Julia López-Robertson Mary Jade Haney 102
10 Social Justice and the Principled Principal: All Children Are Gifted Alfredo Celedón Luján 113
11 Creating Spaces for Critical Literacy and Technology to Cultivate a Social Justice Focus Sarah Vander Zanden 125
12 Intentional Practices: One Administrator's Path Toward Equity Meir Muller 137
13 Humanity, Heart, and Praxis: Foundations of Courageous Leadership Sabina Mosso-Taylor 150
14 Vision, Voice, and Action: Creating Pathways to Social Justice Nathaniel Bryan Lamar Johnson Dywanna Smith Brittany Garvin Anthony Broughton 163
15 The Courage to Lead: Strategies for Action Vivian Maria Vasquez Susi Long Mariana Souto-Manning 175
About the Contributors 197