Culturally Proficient Leadership: The Personal Journey Begins Within

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Corwin Press, 2009 - Education - 171 pages
′The authors′ masterful developmental process leads you to a place of social responsibility, which is so critical for the mosaic that defines education today. From parents to superintendents, everyone connected to schools needs to take this journey.′¨Rosemary Papa, Del and Jewell Lewis Chair of Learner-Centered LeadershipNorthern Arizona University′Provides an opportunity for individual reflection as opposed to a more social network of exploration. The idea of a cultural autobiography is compelling and necessary for people to truly extend their journey of understanding themselves and others.′¨Denise Seguine, Chief Academic OfficerWichita Public Schools, KSGain the personal insight you need to promote equity in your school!With schools becoming increasingly diverse, educational leaders are finding that cultural proficiency¨the ability to understand and respect studentsĂ cultural dignity¨is a crucial component of developing high-performing schools. Culturally Proficient Leadership provides a step-by-step approach for creating a cultural autobiography to help educators reflect on their underlying beliefs, assumptions, and backgrounds. Written by highly respected experts in education and diversity, this interactive resource:Addresses a broad range of differences relevant to today′s schools, including race, ethnicity, national origin, language, gender, social class, sexual orientation, faith, and abilityFeatures compelling first-person narratives from the authors′ own cross-cultural journeysIncludes reflective questions and prompts to guide readers in examining how their cultural experiences influence their leadership practiceBy embarking on a journey of self-discovery, leaders at all levels can develop essential skills for communicating and collaborating across cultures.

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Raymond D. Terrell is a Professor Emeritus. He has served as a high school and junior high school English teacher, an elementary school principal, and an assistant superintendent in public schools in Ohio. He spent one year as a faculty member at Texas A&M University in the Department of Educational Administration. He spent 19 years at California State University, 14 years in the Department of Educational Administration, and for 5 years he was the Dean of the School of Education. He then served for three years as an elementary principal at Jefferson Elementary School in Hamilton, Ohio. Ray then joined the faculty at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he served as a professor in the Educational Leadership Department, Associate Dean for the College of Education Health and Society and as Chair of the Teacher Education Department. Ray has 50 years of professional experience with diversity and equity issues. He has served school districts in California, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Ray writes about issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Ray lives in Springfield Township, Ohio with his wife Eloise. They have two adult children, Dina and William.

Randall B. Lindsey is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. Prior to that he served for seventeen years at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Administration and Counseling. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, his Master of Arts in Teaching is in History Education from the University of Illinois, and his B.S. in Social Science Education is from Western Illinois University. He has served as a junior high school and high school teacher and as an administrator in charge of school desegregation efforts. At Cal State, L.A. he served as Chair of the Division of Administration and Counseling and as Director of the Regional Assistance Centers for Educational Equity, a regional race desegregation assistance center. With co-authors he has written several books and articles on Cultural Proficiency. Most recent publication is The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto: Finding Clarity Amidst the Noise.

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