The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated deep-seated structural inequities in our schools and across society. More than ever, education leaders are being challenged to take action to disrupt the institutional racism that undergirds many of our longstanding policies and practices. Our students are challenging us to step up and be antiracists who commit to the uncompromising belief that all children can learn and deserve an exceptional education. With over 10 years of experience leading the Institute for Courageous Principal Leadership, the authors guide leaders as they expand their racial consciousness through self-reflection. They also provide the tools needed to counter implicit bias and resistance. Grounded in research but written in practitioner-friendly language, this book Focuses on systemic leadership and institutional failures as the source of predictable student outcomes, Leverages research and theory to create a process for principals to build racially equitable practices, Navigates the politics of leadership without compromising student achievement The practical lessons and strategies in this book will equip you with the skills to implement the leadership and actions that must be taken to confront the reality of systemic racism in education and transform schools into learning environments with a student-centered commitment to high achievement for every learner.
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About the Author
Melissa Krull, Ph.D., has an extensive background serving in leadership capacities at a 10,000-student school district for 20 years, 10 of which were spent as superintendent. Her recent work includes leadership teaching and research toward the elimination of racial achievement disparities. She has served as a keynote speaker, panelist, and presenter for various organizations and universities, including Georgetown Law Center and The U.S. White House. Dr. Krull is the co-author of a chapter in More Courageous Conversations: From Theory to Practice (2012). She currently teaches graduate courses in the administrative licensure graduate program and advises doctoral students through the department of Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Twin Cities location. She is the co-founder and facilitator of the Institute for Courageous Principal Leadership.
Antonia Felix, Ed.D., MFA, is the author of 23 books including biographies of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NATO Commander Wesley Clark, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She has taught literature, writing, and seminars on public intellectuals at the college level, and her academic research focuses on the use of expressive writing to develop racial consciousness and process race-related stress and trauma.
Table of Contents
List of Figures xi
About the Authors xix
Part 1 Developing Racial Consciousness 7
Chapter 1 Developing Myself as a Racially Conscious Leader 9
Chapter 2 Discovering My "Why" 39
Chapter 3 Research Reality Check 55
Chapter 4 Racism at Work 77
Chapter 5 Understanding My School/District 101
Part II Integrating Knowledge Into Practice 129
Chapter 6 A Principal's critical Duty 131
Chapter 7 Ensuring Racially Conscious Pedagogy 151
Chapter 8 The state of Things 173
Chapter 9 Good Trouble 201