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



March 2021 | 256 pages | Corwin

 
Foreword
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
LIST OF FIGURES
 
INTRODUCTION: Race Matters: From Theory to Action
 
PART I: DEVELOPING RACIAL CONSCIOUSNESS
 
CHAPTER 1: Developing Myself as a Racially Conscious Leader
Chris Belmont’s Story

 
Theory of Action

 
Knowing Myself

 
Your Racial Autobiography

 
Ready to Make a Difference the Old Fashioned Way, Debbie Irving

 
Cycle of Socialization

 
Knowing my Strengths

 
 
CHAPTER 2: Discovering My Why: Essential Self Reflection for Leadership
Christina Hester’s Story

 
Knowing My “Why”

 
The Construction Process: From Stating Your Mission to Achieving Results

 
Single-story Perceptions: Reshaping Our Beliefs

 
Introducing Racial Affinity Work

 
 
CHAPTER 3: Research Reality Check: Key Frameworks for Understanding Ourselves, the System, and Best Practices in Teaching and Leading
Astein Osei’s Story

 
Critical Race Theory

 
White Fragility

 
Visible Learning: Part I

 
High Operational Practices: The Pedagogy of Confidence: Part I

 
 
CHAPTER 4: Racism at Work: Mental Models, Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Internalized Racism
Dr. William A. Smith’s Story

 
Mental Models

 
Racial Microaggressions and Racial Battle Fatigue

 
Implicit Bias

 
Internalized Racism

 
 
CHAPTER 5: Understanding My School/District: Unwrapping Legacies of Policy and Practice
Dr. Rhoda Miraphiri-Reed’s Story

 
Understanding Your School: The Data Dashboard

 
Student Shadowing: Lessons from a Day in the Life of a Student of Color

 
Retaining for Success and the Commitment to Excellence: Who’s Willing and Able?

 
Racist Ideas, Racist Policies

 
Examining Racial Problems of Practice: Case Studies

 
 
PART II: INTEGRATING KNOWLEDGE INTO PRACTICE
 
CHAPTER 6: A Principal’s Critical Duty: Knowing and Understanding High-return Instructional Strategies
Shelley Nielson’s Story

 
Protocol for Singleton’s Courageous Conversations

 
High Return Instructional Strategies: John Hattie’s Visible Learning: Part II

 
 
CHAPTER 7: Ensuring Racially Conscious Pedagogy
Maria Graver’s Story

 
The Impact of White Culture on Beliefs, Behavior, and Policy in Education

 
Culturally Relevant Teaching

 
High Operational Practices: Dr. Yvette Jackson’s The Pedagogy of Confidence: Part II

 
 
CHAPTER 8: The State of Things
Bias in the News: Strengthening Practice by Analyzing Leadership Actions in Current Events

 
Black Male Achievement

 
Racial Discipline Gap

 
Investigating the Troubling Data About Black Girls’ Discipline and Achievement: Who is to Blame?

 
Reflecting on Current Black Memoirs to Understand Race and Personal Experience and Develop Tools for Speaking to Parents

 
 
CHAPTER 9: Staying Engaged and Leading through Resistance and Ruination
Valeria Silva’s Story

 
Leading Through Resistance

 
Leading with a Racial Response to Global and Local Ruination

 
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

"Understanding and developing racial consciousness with principals is critical and a focus of many Boards today.  Principal Leadership for Racial Equity provides practical, realistic, and useful guidance by working readers through a series of chapters intended to develop racial consciousness and provide administrators with the tools to start work in schools. The activities engage the reader in each chapter to uncover bias and develop an understanding with the matter. The reflection questions in the chapter also provide additional learning, and are especially useful when engaged in learning with a group."

Maryam Hasan
Vice Principal, Toronto District School Board, Canada

"This book offers a compelling message of hope and steps towards inclusion for school administrators and district leaders in addressing racial equality.  This book engages in discussion and actions that move from an idea to implementation.  It is a practical guide to implement a  system in a manner that is conducive to enhancing the culture and performance of the organization."

Debra Paradowski
Associate Principal and Administrator, Arrowhead Union High School, WI
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