The School Leaders Our Children Deserve

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-30
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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Using the experiences and words of seven public school principals who came to the field of administration committed to advancing social justice in their schools, this book presents a framework and 7 keys” to social justice leadership (SJL). Although facing tremendous barriers, these leaders were ultimately successful in making their schools more equitable and just. They also made important strides toward closing the achievement gap through the use of humane and equitable practices

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Methodologyp. xi
School Leadership and Social Justicep. 1
Barriers to School Successp. 4
Social Justice Leadership as an Effective Alternative to School-as-Usualp. 8
Organization and Content of the Bookp. 11
A Framework for Social Justice Leadershipp. 13
Conclusionp. 16
The Seven Social Justice Principals and Their Schoolsp. 18
Introducing the Principals and Their Schoolsp. 18
Conclusionp. 26
"There Is No Social Justice Without Inclusion": Advancing Inclusion, Access, and Opportunity for Allp. 27
The Connection Between Inclusion and Social Justicep. 29
Strategies That Advanced Inclusion, Access, and Opportunity for Allp. 30
Conclusionp. 44
"Changing How We Teach, What We Teach, and How We Approach Schooling": Improving the Core Learning Contextp. 46
The Connection Between Improving the Core Learning Context and Social Justicep. 47
Strategies to Improve the Core Learning Context-Both the Teaching and the Curriculump. 48
Conclusionp. 60
"Connecting and Respecting": Creating a Climate of Belongingp. 62
The Connection Between a Climate of Belonging and Social Justicep. 63
Strategies That Create a Climate of Belongingp. 64
Conclusionp. 75
Closing the Achievement Gap: Toward a Theory of Socially Just School Reformp. 77
The Connection Between Raising Student Achievement and Social Justicep. 78
Raising Student Achievementp. 79
Toward a Theory of Socially Just School Reformp. 83
"At Every Turn": The Barriers Faced by Social Justice Principalsp. 87
Barriers Within the School Sitep. 88
Barriers at the District Levelp. 96
Barriers at the Institutional Levelp. 103
Consequences of the Barriersp. 108
Conclusionp. 111
"Saving My Sanity": The Resilience That Leaders Develop to Sustain Justice and Equityp. 113
Professional Strategiesp. 114
Personal Strategiesp. 122
Conclusionp. 127
"The Intricacies and Details": Consciousness, Knowledge, Skills, and Core Traits of Social Justice Leadersp. 129
Acquiring Broad, Reconceptualized Consciousness, Knowledge, and Skillsp. 129
Possessing Core Leadership Traitsp. 141
Conclusionp. 149
"But That's Just Good Leadership": Lessons and Directions for Social Justice Leadershipp. 150
Lessons for Educatorsp. 151
"But That's Just Good Leadership"p. 159
Referencesp. 163
Indexp. 171
About the Authorp. 178
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