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Change the Narrative: How to Foster an Antiracist Culture in Your School Kindle Edition
Dismantling Racism Starts with You
School leaders, in partnership with educators, students, parents, and the community, have remarkable potential to change the narrative so that all students, regardless of race, can feel seen, empowered, and engaged in their learning communities. Through the lens and actions of antiracism, Change the Narrative provides a pathway for school administrators, leaders, and change agents who want to put into action the values of antiracism in their school community every day.
Henry J. Turner and Kathy Lopes, a high school principal and a director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts, weave their professional experiences and their personal stories to connect the reader to the importance of the consistent routines, ongoing learning, and structural changes that will help foster an antiracist school culture.
Full of practical and effective strategies, this book is for those who have been fighting for equity their entire career as well as those who are just beginning on their journey. It will push you to expand your mindset in new ways and serve as a reference you can return to as often as you need.
"Every child needs and deserves a school experience where they are seen, included, and valued, and Turner and Lopes have created this dynamic resource to help you do just that!" -Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, Best-Selling Author of Personal & Authentic & Learning Transformed
"A breath of fresh air in the form of a much-needed resource to guide schools in a positive direction." —Eric Sheninger, best-selling author and keynote speaker
"Will help readers reimagine their schools and evolve their practice." —Katie Novak, author of UDL Now and Equity by Design
"A must-read for any educator preparing to confront structural barriers with awareness, empathy, and cultural competency." —Hedreich Nichols von Reichert, author, educator, and founder of SmallBites
"Bold, brave, and groundbreaking tool that will ignite change in public education." -Bethany Hill, Teacher Retention and Recruitment Specialist
"Easy to follow steps that guide readers to the intersection of grace and accountability for the sake of all students, staff, and families." -Devin Morris, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Teachers' Lounge
"A powerful framework to engage in critical conversations to work collaboratively and create meaningful change." -Katie Martin, Author of Evolving Education and Learner-Centered Innovation, Chief Impact Officer, Learner-Centered Collaborative
- ASIN : B09YXX16P3
- Publisher : Dave Burgess Consulting, Incorporated (May 6, 2022)
- Publication date : May 6, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 665 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 269 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #625,464 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #565 in Educational Professional Development
- #1,310 in Pedagogy
- #3,537 in Educational Certification & Development
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Change the Narrative: How to Foster an Antiracist Culture in You School is a book that makes beginning this work doable. It is written in a manner that is extremely accessible, and while it doesn't promise that the work will be easy -- as a matter of fact, it promises the opposite, it does provide information to lay the groundwork and offers necessary suggestions to begin the process..
The authors of the book are Henry J Turner, a high school principal, and Kathy Lopes, DEI director, both of the Newton, Massachusetts Public Schools. Each was raised in a school system where they were one of the only students of color, and where the absence of racial equity affected them significantly. This book suggests that in order to in effect change the narrative, ie, the status quo of a district, teachers and administrators alike need to adopt the habit of following four steps that together form a cycle of learning: learn, reflect, act and assess.
Change the Narrative addresses leadership, the student experience and the experience of teachers, whether white or BIPOC. It also suggests how to collaborate with families and the community and how to disrupt racist policies and structures. A list of resources is included at the end for further study.
This book is one of the clearest and most practical that I have seen on the topic and I highly recommend it to educators, whether teachers or administrators, (and to students and families!).
Kathy Lopes and Henry Turner offer a well-timed guidebook for school leaders feeling overwhelmed by the work of anti-racism. Helpfully broken into two parts - the first focused on introspection and the second on culture creation - the authors offer behaviors, processes, and practices to contribute to the creation of an anti-racist culture. Most importantly, the authors make no false promises about linear progress and ultimate success. They’re honest about the difficulty of this work.
Clearly positioned as a starting point for anti-racist school leadership, the book also offers opportunities to Learn, Reflect, Act, and Assess at the end of each of the book’s chapters. Direct and honest, Change The Narrative serves as a useful tool for any aspiring anti-racist leader.
It is clear that Turner and Lopes are practicing school leaders who are immersed in this important work. They strike a balance of coaching and patience; reflection and risk-taking, moral imperative and concrete strategies. There is no doubt that this text, brilliantly researched and woven with their personal stories, will help readers reimagine their schools and evolve their practice.