• Written with the express purpose of filling the gap that exists between educators’ desire to address injustice and the attitudes and skill sets required to be effective in this arena. . It of helping educators to become effective allies in the struggle for educational equity and social justice. • Takes an assets-based approach by underscoring the assumption that educators are predisposed to becoming powerful allies for social justice by virtue of their dispositions, professional preparation, and role-associated standing • Includes a variety of powerful vignettes that illustrates how school environments address the myriad forms of injustice experienced by those on the margins • Includes thought provoking activities suitable for use in multiple professional learning settings

Embracing Dissonance

Embracing Dissonance

7 embracing dissonance

When Chimamanda Adichie came face-to-face with another aspect of the reality of Fide’s life, she came face-to-face with dissonance. By embracing the incongruity created by the story of Fide’s poverty and the richness of his life, she filled out the dimensions of Fide’s life and story and was enriched at the same time. Fully articulated, deeply nuanced stories do that to us. They help us read between the lines, even if doing so is uncomfortable. Embracing dissonance requires one to seek the truth, to be open-minded, and to willingly admit to and publically trumpet other possibilities.

This chapter will consider the role dissonance plays in social justice work. It will also provide alternative readings of the stories of three marginalized groups: ...

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