“This indispensable volume provides a wealth of answers from the country's foremost educators and researchers.”

—Dennis Shirley, Professor

Boston College Lynch School of Education, MA

Keys to building socially just schools where achievement soars

Research shows that students' sense of belonging in their school communities is critically linked to academic achievement. This ninth and final book in The Soul of Educational Leadership series offers practical strategies for promoting socially responsible school cultures that foster greater student engagement and democratic values.

A joint publication with the American Association of School Administrators and the HOPE Foundation, with contributions from renowned educators Bonnie Davis, Linda Skrla, Randall Lindsey, and others, this book explores the key concepts of respect, equity, and character, and examines tough issues such as: Reflecting on our backgrounds and assumptions; Modeling socially responsible behavior; Teaching students to discern injustice; Enacting a zero-tolerance policy toward bullying

Students will shape tomorrow based on what they learn today. This compact guide equips educators to implement democratic practices, act in socially just ways, and impart democratic values to the citizens of the future.

Respect
Respect
Bonnie M.Davis

Michael mouths off to Mrs. Martin, the teacher, when she asks him to move to another desk and stop talking to his classmates. She sends him to the office. The assistant principal asks Michael why he talked back to Mrs. Martin. He replies, “She disrespected me.” The assistant principal meets Mrs. Martin at the door to her classroom and asks, “What happened between you and Michael?” Mrs. Martin replies, “Michael didn't respect me.”

What does respect look like to the 16-year-old African American male in our classrooms? What does respect look like to an older White female teacher? How are these two human beings alike and how do they differ? What causes them to hold differing definitions of respect? And why are they unaware ...

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