“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.
Chapter 5: Exceptionalizing or Democratizing?
Exceptionalizing or Democratizing?
Josephine was waiting to receive an award for her outstanding academic achievements. Dressed in her very best dress with her hair carefully combed, she was nervous but excited. Sitting on the stage with her hands folded on her lap, she could see her mother beaming proudly at her from the audience. The principal had finally finished talking about the new programs in the school and began to introduce the students who were being recognized for their achievements.
I am happy to introduce the outstanding student of the year, Josephine Anansi. Josephine not only has the highest grades in all the sixth grade, but her test scores are the highest in the school. Her achievements are especially notable in that she comes ...