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Leadership for Social Justice and Democracy in Our Schools

Leadership for Social Justice and Democracy in Our Schools

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January 2011 | 208 pages | Corwin

"This indispensable volume provides a wealth of answers from the country's foremost educators and researchers."
—Dennis Shirley, Professor
Boston College Lynch School of Education, MA

Keys to building socially just schools where achievement soars

Research shows that students' sense of belonging in their school communities is critically linked to academic achievement. This ninth and final book in The Soul of Educational Leadership series offers practical strategies for promoting socially responsible school cultures that foster greater student engagement and democratic values.

A joint publication with the American Association of School Administrators and the HOPE Foundation, with contributions from renowned educators Bonnie Davis, Linda Skrla, Randall Lindsey, and others, this book explores the key concepts of respect, equity, and character, and examines tough issues such as:

  • Reflecting on our backgrounds and assumptions
  • Modeling socially responsible behavior
  • Teaching students to discern injustice
  • Enacting a zero-tolerance policy toward bullying

Students will shape tomorrow based on what they learn today. This compact guide equips educators to implement democratic practices, act in socially just ways, and impart democratic values to the citizens of the future.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Bonnie M. Davis
1. Respect
Randall B. Lindsey, Delores B. Lindsey, and Raymond D. Terrell
2. Social Justice: Focusing on Assets to Overcome Barriers
Linda Skrla, Kathryn Bell McKenzie, and James Joseph Scheurich
3. Becoming an Equity-Oriented Change Agent
C. Cryss Brunner and Yong-Lyun Kim
4. Are Women Prepared to Be School Superintendents? An Essay on the Myths and Misunderstandings
Marvin W. Berkowitz
5. Leading Schools of Character
Sheldon H. Berman
6. Teaching Social Responsibility
Mara Sapon-Shevin
7. Zero Indifference and Teachable Moments: School Leadership for Diversity, Inclusion and Justice
Paul D. Houston
8. Getting Kids Ready for School - Raising the Village

"A must read cover to cover! Each chapter presents a distinct insight and practical wisdom on a very complex issue. An exquisite blend of lofty ideals and practical application woven masterfully together!"

Mary Kim Schreck, Author and Independent Education Consultant
Osage Beach, MO

"This indispensable volume provides a wealth of answers from the country's foremost educators and researchers. The attention to the nitty-gritty, classroom-and-corridors dimensions of real change faced by real leaders is an especially welcome contribution to the literature."

Dennis Shirley, Professor
Boston College Lynch School of Education, MA

"Promoting respect, justice, readiness and leadership—this book captures the salient issues so critical for schools today and for the future. A must-read book for every school leader to model socially just practices!"

Rosemary Papa, Professor, Educational Leadership
Northern Arizona University

"The book is full of inspiring, compelling, and practical essays, addressed to principals, superintendents, and other educational leaders--the people who are in the best position to restore the heart and soul to public education. Finally, here is acknowledgment that social justice and academic achievement are not mutually exclusive concepts. Highly Recommended."

H. M. Miller, Mercy College
CHOICE Magazine, December 2011, Vol. 49, No. 04

"The 75 practical strategies here are grounded in highly regarded educational research, making this a helpful and current reference manual for best practices in science education. Recommended"

S. Buczynski
CHOICE Magazine, May 2011, Vol. 48, No. 09
Key features
  • Compact volume offering contributions from top school leadership figures
  • Combines research, practice, and innovative thinking into a single volume
  • A joint publication with AASA and the HOPE Foundation

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