Becoming a Social Justice Leader

Becoming a Social Justice Leader : Using Head, Heart, and Hands to Dismantle Oppression

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This important book helps school leaders let go of a "comfortable" mindset and enter a world of courageous conversations that examine and challenge the impact of racism and other forms of oppression on disciplinary patterns, instructional practices, and school policies. Authors Hunsberger, Mayo, and Neal prepare you to address these difficult issues though authentic, critical discourse. The book includes classroom activities and facilitation tips to help prompt systematic changes in schools through improving instruction, supporting inclusiveness, and strengthening student engagement. After reading Becoming a Social Justice Leader you'll be able to: * Design conversations that support participant engagement and create a safe environment for discussion. * Explore personal dispositions, attitudes, and stances that contribute to systemic oppression. * Understand how oppression is established and sustained in order to enact change. * Create alliances within school settings to foster dialogue and combat oppression. Additional worksheets that help educators examine and expand their work as social justice leaders are also available for download (
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Product details

  • Hardback | 142 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 340g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 black & white illustrations, 13 black & white tables
  • 1138957720
  • 9781138957725

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"Education -the kind that is equitable, fulfilling and meaningful-is in short supply in the nation. The authors powerfully provide a practical pathway for educators to move beyond the role of 'just a teacher' to embody justice in teaching This book is a beacon for Americans who work in the service of education." --Eric Cooper, President and Founder, National Urban Alliance, and The Huffington Post Education Blogger "Becoming a Social Justice Leader is a book of hope and transformation for educators and will help them meet the needs of all their students. It is audacious, effervescent, and superbly written, and it will help us move from an unconscious to a conscious awareness, changing mindsets and mental models that have led to stereotypes." --Charlotte V. Ijei, Director of Pupil Personnel and Diversity, Parkway School District, MO
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About Phil Hunsberger

Phil Hunsberger is co-owner of Educational Equity Consultants and has served as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator. Billie Mayo is co-owner of Educational Equity Consultants and former Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools. Anthony Neal is President and CEO of Educational Equity Consultants and Adjunct Professor in the Communications Department at Webster University.
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Table of contents

eResources Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 Before you Begin The Fabric of Oppression Transference No Experts Suspend Certainty No Blame, Shame, and Guilt Chapter 2 Designing Conversations Attribute of Design: Balance Attribute of Design: Conditions for the Conversation Attribute of Design: Definitions Attribute of Design: Reflection as Pedagogy Attribute of Design: Space Chapter 3 A Conversation of the Heart Entering the Conversation Listening Pairs Cycle of Socialization Things I Heard and Learned Continuing Reflections Chapter 4 A Conversation of the Head Entering the Conversation Table of Oppression The Legs of the Dominant Group Privilege Fish Bowl The Legs of the Oppressed Continuing Conversations Final Comment: Transference Chapter 5 A Conversation of the Hand Entering the Conversation In the Classroom In the School In the System Further Conversations Chapter 6 Allies: We Can't do this Alone Past Experiences Awareness Authenticity Acuity Agency Reflections upon Allies Transference Chapter 7 Lessons Learned No Experts, Just More Experiences Keeping Folks in the Conversation It's Like a Jungle Sometimes... Keeping White Voices in the Conversation Final Thoughts
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