Culturally Proficient Leadership: The Personal Journey Begins Within

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Corwin Press, 2009 - Education - 171 pages
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'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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This was a work related book that I needed to read this summer as part of a district focus on cultural proficiency. While I was not opposed to the topic, the book wasn't the best as far as independent ... Read full review


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Raymond D. Terrell, EdD, served as special assistant to the dean for diversity initiatives in the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A former secondary English teacher, elementary school principal, professor of educational administration, and dean of the School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, he has more than 40 years of professional experience with diversity and equity issues.

Randall B. Lindsey is emeritus professor at California State University, Los Angeles and has a practice centered on educational consulting and issues related to equity and access. Prior to higher education faculty roles, he served as a junior and senior high school history teacher, a district office administrator for school desegregation, and executive director of a non-profit corporation. All of his experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. It is his belief and experience that too often white people are observers of multicultural issues rather than personally involved with them. He works with colleagues to design and implement programs for and with schools, law enforcement agencies, and community-based organizations to provide access and achievement. He and his wife and frequent co-author, Delores, are enjoying this phase of life as grandparents, as educators, and in support of just causes that extend the promises of democracy throughout society in authentic ways.

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