• 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
Chapter 11: Change the Culture? Change the Conversation
Change the Culture? Change the Conversation
For allies, silence is not an option. Talk, especially culture-changing talk, is a necessity.
Culture-changing talk means purposeful and carefully chosen words, themes, and stories designed to fill in the contours of the story of the lives of our marginalized students with the stories rarely told about them, the stories that paint a portrait of possibilities. There are at least three ways allies can paint a portrait of possibilities. The first is to be deliberate when choosing what school stories to share outside the school. The second is to identify and activate student strengths. The third is to orchestrate opportunities for culture-changing dialogue.
Choose Which Stories to Tell
Teachers talk. Indeed, they talk a lot—in ...