1st Edition

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

Edited By Katherine C. Rodela, Melanie Bertrand Copyright 2023
    246 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.



    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


    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.