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Centering Youth, Family, and Community in School Leadership
Case Studies for Educational Equity and Justice

ISBN 9781032026428
Published September 30, 2022 by Routledge
246 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This timely book advances a new vision for educational justice centered on the leadership activities, organizing efforts, and counternarratives of youth, parents, families, and communities of color and other groups who are seeking to transform local schools and communities across the United States. Bringing together scholars, activists, and leaders, this contributed volume presents cases and first-person narratives for readers to analyze in order to interrogate inequities facing communities and schools. By creating spaces for youth, family, and community leadership within schools and opening decision-making to include their input, leaders can support transformative, justice-oriented school change. This book is a critical teaching tool asking educators and administrators to reflect, learn, and re-imagine their practice and collaborate with other leaders in their communities.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction
Katherine C. Rodela and Melanie Bertrand

Part 1: Situating Youth, Family, and Community Leadership

Introduction to Part 1
Katherine C. Rodela

Chapter 2: Racism, Colonialism, and Neoliberalism in Education
Melanie Bertrand

Chapter 3: Models of Youth-Family-Community-School Connections
Katherine C. Rodela

Part 2: Cases of Youth Leadership and Organizing

Introduction to Part 2
Melanie Bertrand

Chapter 4: The Story of Lent Leopard Leaders: An Elementary Youth Leader Narrative
Rudolfo "Rudy" David Rodela Duncan

Chapter 5: Growing with BSS: A Manual for Emmanuel
Emmanuel Karunwi

Chapter 6: Leading for Change: Engaging Elementary Youth Voice in An In-School Makerspace
Courtney Mauldin

Chapter 7: Youth Lighting the Path to Emancipatory Education
Leyda Garcia

Chapter 8: The Power of Alliances: A Case for Integrating Intersectionality into Social Justice Leadership
Michael Ishimoto

Part 3: Cases of Parent and Family Leadership and Organizing

Introduction to Part 3
Katherine C. Rodela

Chapter 9: Becoming an Accidental Advocate for Transgender Students: A Parent Leadership Narrative
Lizette Trujillo

Chapter 10: "Siempre Hay un Apoyo": Creating Humanizing Spaces amid an Anti-Immigrant Climate through Muxerista Organizing
√Črica Fern√°ndez and Samantha M. Paredes Scribner

Chapter 11: Indigenous Youth and Families: From Schooling Contexts to Spaces of Stewardship and Resistance
Jeremy Tuukwa Garcia and Samantha Paakwamana Honani

Chapter 12: Schools, Black Mothers, Black Children and the Tenets of Disillusionment
Dawn M. Demps and Erica Gist

Part 4: Cases of Community Organizing and Leadership

Introduction to Part 4
Melanie Bertrand

Chapter 13: Small Town, Big Talk: A Community Leadership Narrative
Noor Ali

Chapter 14: "Hijacking a Public Process:" The School District and Community Activists in the Battle for Trustee Area Representation
Gilda L. Ochoa, Enrique C. Ochoa, Maria Oropeza Fujimoto, Socorro Orozco, Bryan Coreas, Jessica Coreas, Eugene Oropeza Fujimoto, Manuel Maldonado, and Veronica N. Miranda

Chapter 15: A Critical Piece of the Puzzle: Leveraging Community-Based Leadership to Address Educational Inequities
Erica V. Mosca and Carrie Sampson

Chapter 16: Conclusion
Melanie Bertrand and Katherine C. Rodela

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Katherine C. Rodela is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Washington State University, Vancouver, USA.

Melanie Bertrand is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.