Principal Leadership for Racial Equity: A Field Guide for Developing Race Consciousness

Principal Leadership for Racial Equity: A Field Guide for Developing Race Consciousness


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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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ISBN-13: 9781071803820
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/19/2021
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 734,621
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Candace Raskin, Ed. D., served as an educational leader in Minnesota public schools for 18 years as a superintendent; director of curriculum, instruction and assessment; middle school and elementary principal; and high-potential coordinator. Her research on developing racially conscious leadership has been recognized nationally and is published in numerous scholarly journals. She currently provides leadership and teaches in the administrative licensure graduate program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Twin Cities location. She also teaches doctoral courses and advises doctoral students as a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. She is the co-founder and facilitator of the Institute for Courageous Principal Leadership.

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

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors xix

Introduction 1

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

Index 221

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