1st Edition

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

    142 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    142 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    142 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    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 (http://www.routledge.com/products/9781138957749).





    Chapter 1 Before you Begin

    The Fabric of Oppression


    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


    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





    Reflections upon Allies


    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



    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.

    "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