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





ISBN 9781138957749
Published February 18, 2016 by Routledge
142 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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).

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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Author(s)

Biography

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.

Reviews

"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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