Leading for Diversity How School Leaders Promote Positive Interethnic Relations

ISBN-10: 0761978984

ISBN-13: 9780761978985

Edition: 2002

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"I strongly endorse this book and feel that it holds great promise for the field." Ray Terrell Coauthor of Cultural Proficiency Proactive leadership fosters strong interethnic communities! This timely volume provides powerful models of leadership that are effective in developing schools where positive interethnic relations can flourish. Countering the often-heard belief that troubled race relations are endemic to schools, author Rosemary Henze and her team of researchers face the issue head on by incorporating diversity issues into educational leadership. Schools are vehicles for change in race/ethnic relations when proactive leadership is developed and maintained. Vignettes and case studies allow you to assess and develop your leadership skills in interethnic relations by helping you to Recognize and develop their own leadership strengths in a diverse school Assess how organizational structures support or constrain positive relations Understand the nature of ethnic conflict or tension in your school Identify your schools priority needs Develop a core vision of interethnic relations Create and implement a plan for promoting positive interethnic relations Document the effectiveness of your plan The broad concept of leadership presented here includes not only principals and administrators, but also teachers, parents, counselors, students, and community human relations professionals who emerge as leaders facing a range of issuesincluding gang violence, racial conflict, staff divisions, and other issuesthat need to be addressed in the area of interethnic interactions. These representatives of schools with diverse populations form leadership teams able to speak out for real educational reform in reducing racism and prejudice in schools.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 7/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Susan E. Sather nbsp;is a senior program advisor at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) in Portland, OR. She leads the Laboratory's professional learning teams (PLT) work, supervising and conducting PLT training in schools around the nation. She also contributes to research on issues such as high school academic rigor. Sather has 38 years of experience in education, 17 as a teacher working with a dropout prevention program and in special education. Prior to joining NWREL, she was western regional manager and a staff developer for a whole-school reform model, Ventures Education Systems. She has conducted research and evaluation through the School of Education and the School of Social Welfare at the University of California Berkeley, and with ARC associates in Oakland, California. At ARC, she was a member of the Leading for Diversity research team and co-author of Leading for Diversity: How School Leaders Promote Positive Interethnic Relations. She has a PhD in educational administration from the University of California Berkeley.

Ernest W. Walker is the Diversity Programs Coordinator with Alameda County Social Services Agency. He has a wide range of experiences in diversity and conflict management among African American churches. He has served as a facilitator of the film The Color of Fear. He has also worked with churches in conflict, and in strategic planning and team building for nonprofits and government agencies. He is a former consultant with the Alban Institute and is currently a contract mediator with the U.S. Postal Service's REDRESS worksite mediation program. He is past chair of Conciliation Forums of Oakland, a com�munity mediation organization. He also worked as a researcher for ARC Associates, documenting best practices of public schools that manage diversity. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, also in New Jersey. He is author of scholarly articles and is also a part-time instructor on African American religions at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
A Framework for Developing Positive Interethnic Communities
Leading From Within
Assessing the School Context
Understanding Racial and Ethnic Conflict
Identifying High-Priority Needs--Individual and Schoolwide
Envisioning Positive Interethnic Relations
Selecting Approaches for a Coherent Plan
Implementing and Refining the Plan
Documenting and Communicating Success in Interethnic Relations
Cases in Interethnic Relations for School Leaders
The Ripple Effect of Conflict
The Power of the School Secretary
Challenging Attitudes
What's Data Got to Do With It?
Dilemmas of Pluralism and Unity
Maintaining Confidentiality
Methodology
Resources for Schools
Alignment With Standards for School Leadership
References
Index
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