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Race Resilience

Race Resilience
Achieving Equity Through Self and Systems Transformation

September 2021 | 224 pages | Corwin

Review, rethink, and redesign racial support systems NOW

As schools engage in courageous conversations about how racialization and racial positioning influences thinking, behaviors, and expectations, many educators still lack the resources to start this challenging and personally transformative work. Race Resilience offers guidance to educators who are ready to rethink, review, and redesign their support systems and foster the building blocks of resiliency for staff.

Readers will learn how to:

  • Model ethical, professional, and social-emotional sensitivity
  • Develop, advocate, and enact on a collective culture
  • Maintain a continuously evaluative process for self and school wellness
  • Engage meaningfully with students and their families
  • Improve academic and behavioral outcomes

Race resilient educators work continuously to grow their awareness of how their racial identity impacts their practice. When educators feel they are cared for, have trusting relationships, and are autonomous, they are in a better position to teach and model resilience to their students.

Vignette by Kim Armstrong in Chapter 8
Vignette by Mary McDaniel in Chapter 8
Vignette by Tairea Velasquez in Chapter 8
About the Authors
Chapter 1: The Implementation Process - Steps to Becoming a Racially Resilient School
Chapter 2: The NEED: Societal Changes Change Schools
Chapter 3: Creating the Culture for Developing a Race Resilient Climate
Chapter 4: Educators' Emotions Matter: Building Up Stamina for Developing a Race Resilience Climate
Chapter 5: Racialization Can Be Blinding
Chapter 6: Race Has Mattered in the School House
Chapter 7: Mindful of Race
Chapter 8: Leading for Systemic Change
Glossary of Terms
Appendix A: Processing for Racial Awareness

Appendix B: Race Resilient School Checklist


"Fostering Educator Resilience is practical, useful, and very realistic. I would love to use this book in professional development with my staff or in a workshop. The activities, vignettes, and reflection activities will help administrators create or change the culture and climate in whatever environment they find themselves.”

Janice Wyatt-Ross
Program Director, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY

"Fostering Educator Resilience provides timely and immediately applicable guidance. The resources and ability to reflect on them with prompts guides your reflection. The book provides realistic and practical guidance that educators can easily relate to and that resonate with their current needs.

One of the major strengths of the book is the variety of ways resources are being shared. I walked away knowing new people I wanted to read up on, new resources I needed to check out, and thinking about how I could take the exercises in this book into my work. It’s a resource full of resources!"

Tamisha Williams
Director of Equity and Community Initiatives, Potomac Schools, MD

"A major strength of this book is the reflective opportunities and personal perspectives which give the reader the opportunity to internalize the information that is presented."

Jayne Ellspermann
Jayne Ellspermann, 2015 NASSP National Principal of the Year

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ISBN: 9781071833063