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“I couldn't stop reading this book! It masterfully pinpoints how language plays a critical, fundamental role in our daily lives as educators. Most important, it shows us how our deepest thoughts are manifested in language and how we can deal with them in our continued efforts to dismantle gender, racial, and class prejudice.”

—Susan Roberta Katz, Professor and Chair of International & Multicultural Education

University of San Francisco

“The authors show that by thinking critically about how we interact with others and by making the necessary changes in our own behavior, leaders can model respectful and collaborative ways of addressing and responding to others and gradually change the norms of the whole community.”

—Gordon Wells, Professor of Education

University of California, Santa Cruz

“Any chapter is enough for a year's worth of conversation, and occasionally a good argument—among students, staff, and families. The book is an invitation to dialogue with one's peers, but it also prompts dialogue with oneself. A must-read.”

—Deborah W. Meier, Educational Reformer, Writer, and Activist

Unlock the power of language to promote equity in your school!

This enlightening book shows how everyday speech can be a transforming force in today's schools, creating a more equitable environment for people of all backgrounds. Written by experts on language and diversity, this resource combines research-validated tools and real-world insights for addressing verbal communication issues within the classroom and schoolwide. Readers will find:

Case studies and vignettes that show how language contributes to school change and shapes community relationships; Thought-provoking exercises that strengthen language awareness and leadership skills; Guidance on effectively coaching students and colleagues on equity issues and the use of appropriate language

By using language to overcome barriers, foster collaboration, and promote respect, leaders can make a significant difference in the quality of life and work in schools.

Becoming Effective in Using Critical Language Awareness
Becoming effective in using critical language awareness

Rethinking, proposing, and (re)formulating discourses is one thing, but having them accepted and adopted in the wider society is quite another. Traditions, ideologies, common sense, power, and interest may well be in the way.1

—Shi-Xu, A Cultural Approach to Discourse

As Shi-Xu, author of A Cultural Approach to Discourse, points out in the above quote, people who want to make changes in their schools or other institutions often have a hard time dealing with the various types of resistance they encounter. Being an effective change agent requires not only knowing what you want to change, but also how. This implies adopting habits that can help you communicate effectively with others.

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