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Leadership for Social Justice and Democracy in Our Schools


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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former "high-risk" youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option (R): Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the Book of the Year award from Learning Forward. Alan is Senior Editor, lead contributor, and/or author of 18 books, including Excellence Through Equity with Pedro Noguera,. He also authored some 20 articles in leading education print including Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Principal, and Executive Educator. Alan has provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major U.S. Ed Org, and throughout the UK, Africa, and the Middle East. Alan has served on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, and the Jewish Child Care Agency, where he once was a youth in residence. Paul D. Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American education through his extensive speaking engagements, published articles, and his regular appearances on national radio and television. Formerly executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008, Houston has served as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He has also served as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama, and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, NJ; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA. Houston has served in an adjunct capacity for the University of North Carolina, Harvard University, Brigham Young University, and Princeton University. He has served as a consultant and speaker throughout the United States and overseas, and he has published more than 100 articles in professional journals.


"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
"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
"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
"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
"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

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