• 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 13: False Starts, Missteps, and Minefields
False Starts, Missteps, and Minefields
Allies are not immune from making mistakes. It is part of the learning process. This chapter begins with one such mistake and then analyzes the lessons learned from it. It then looks at three enemies of allies: pride, impatience, and vacillating commitment. The chapter ends with another anecdote. In this story, the ideology of color blindness is challenged and the merit of waging strategic battles is demonstrated.
Allies Make Mistakes
Several years ago, I was collaborating with a group of teachers and administrators on the topic of equity-informed leadership. The major point of the session was that equity-informed leadership required as much heart work as head work. I spent a good deal of time developing an ...