• 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

The Importance of Allies

The Importance of Allies

12 the importance of allies

Once potential allies recognize the fog in which they live and they begin to seek out and embrace the dissonance they experience as the fog starts to lift, they are often anxious to begin the actual work of being an ally. To do this well, they need to examine and embrace what allyhood means.

The chapter will consider what it means to be an ally from multiple perspectives. It will question whether it is possible or even worthwhile to become an ally. The chapter will present the anatomy of an ally, as a way of explicating the prerequisites and characteristics that go into making responsible allies. It will end with a story about allies in action.

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