Courageous Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Taking a Stand for Social Justice

Author: Susi Long,Mariana Souto-Manning,Vivian Vasquez

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807774510

Category: Education

Page: 212

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In this inspiring collection, 13 early childhood leaders take action to challenge and change inequitable educational practices in preschools and elementary schools. For them, educating for social justice is not an empty platitude. Steadfast and resolute, they turn rhetoric into reality as they guide early childhood teachers to teach for social justice innovatively and strategically. Through the voices of families, teachers, and the administrators themselves, each chapter shares ways that these leaders use the power entrusted in them to question and disrupt discriminatory and marginalizing practices that deny opportunities for some students while privileging others. The book includes insights, strategies, and resources that administrators can use to build confidence, knowledge, and skills as they invest in more equitable and just pre/schools. Book Features: Highlights the actions of administrators as they take a stand to transcend standardized approaches to teaching and learning, creating more equitable educational environments.Portrays strategies and resources used to engage teachers in critical examination of self and the institutions in which they work.Describes principles and practices that guide administrators as they support the development of culturally relevant practices and policies. Offers powerful ways early childhood administrators can approach inequitable mandates.Highlights the voices of families as they participate in and are impacted by the work of administrators. “Susi Long, Mariana Souto-Manning, and Vivian Vasquez, scholars with stellar reputations in the fields of early childhood education, critical literacy, and social justice education, have combined their considerable talents to edit a book that will serve as a beacon of hope for administrators, policymakers, and educators at all levels of learning and teaching.” —From the Foreword by Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and bestselling author
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Emphasizing Social Justice and Equity in Leadership for Early Childhood

Taking a Postmodern Turn to Make Complexity Visible

Author: Julie Nicholson

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498535526

Category: Education

Page: 212

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This book highlights the urgent need to expand conceptions of leadership in early childhood to emphasize postmodern epistemology, a belief that equity starts by acknowledging and making diversities visible, and to unite leadership in a commitment to work for social justice.
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Professional and Ethical Consideration for Early Childhood Leaders

Author: Cunningham, Denise D.

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1799850900

Category: Education

Page: 417

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Early childhood educators are keenly aware of the importance of a child?s transition to ?real school.? This transition is occurring earlier in a child?s life now that school districts nationwide are moving to pre-kindergarten experiences for 3- and 4-year olds. Annually, more than one million children attend public school pre-k programs overseen by elementary school principals who, although veteran educational leaders, were not trained to oversee these programs. Although pre-k classrooms are rapidly growing and deserve special attention, school leaders must be reminded that early childhood means more than pre-kindergarten; it extends through third grade. School leadership needs to understand the principles of early childhood education to effectively support all children age three to grade three. Professional and Ethical Consideration for Early Childhood Leaders is a collection of innovative research that crafts an overall understanding of the importance of early childhood leadership in today?s schools. The book employs strategies to improve support for children in early childhood years, examines the different roles of early childhood leadership, analyzes best practices for implementation in early childhood contexts, and explores improvements for leadership preparation for schools with pre-k through third-grade children. While highlighting a wide range of topics including advocacy, cultural responses, and professional development, this publication is ideally designed for educators, administrators, principals, early childhood development teachers, daycare instructors, curriculum developers, advocates, researchers, academicians, and students.
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Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education

Author: Jaipaul L. Roopnarine,James E. Johnson,Suzanne Flannery Quinn,Michael M. Patte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317203615

Category: Education

Page: 440

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The Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education provides a groundbreaking compilation of research from an interdisciplinary group of distinguished experts in early childhood education (ECE), child development, cultural and cross-cultural research in the psychological sciences, etc. The chapters provide current overviews of ECE in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the US, and Canada, and convey how ECE is multi-sectorial, multi-cultural, and multi-disciplinary, undergirded by such disciplines as neuroscience, psychological anthropology, cross-cultural human development, childhood studies, and political science.
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Reading, Writing, and Talk

Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners, K–2

Author: Mariana Souto-Manning,Jessica Martell

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807757578

Category: Education

Page: 176

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This book invites readers to consider ways in which their language and literacy teaching practices can better value and build upon the brilliance of every child. In doing so, it highlights the ways in which teachers and students build on diversities as strengths to create more inclusive and responsive classrooms. After inviting readers to consider and better understand the diverse language and literacy practices of diverse chidlren, it offers invitations for teachers to make these practices foundational in their own classrooms and to consider meaningful possibilities for learning authentically with young children in primary grades. It features chapters that focus on oral language, reading, and writing development, all while recognizing that these are not separate. In each of these chapters, readers are invited to consider diverse possibilities, perspectives, and points of view in practice within primary grades classrooms. Throughout, it offers ways to foster classroom learning communities where racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse chidlren are supported and valued.
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Civility, Compassion, and Courage in Schools Today

Strategies for Implementing in K-12 Classrooms

Author: Patricia Kohler-Evans,Candice Dowd Barnes

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475809778

Category: Education

Page: 130

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Over the past two decades, and perhaps even before the “No Child Left Behind Act,” policy makers and others have managed to drain civility, compassion, and courage from everyday classroom instruction. We have grown to become an educational system that is almost solely focused on academics at the expense of teaching to the whole child. Civility, Compassion, and Courage in Schools Today argues that civility, compassion and courage are absolutely essential to foster good citizenship—to encourage and motivate students to action—to take on the perspectives of others, and to see how they can become productive members in an ever changing global community. Using the authors’ “Model of Influence,” a four level hierarchy, they suggest that students can be taught to be more civil, compassionate, and courageous, even when facing adversity, and can move from developing a consciousness about these attributes into embracing influence and taking bold action. This book provides numerous examples as well as lesson plans designed to assist all educators to infuse their instruction with these critical attributes.
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Walking the Equity Talk

A Guide for Culturally Courageous Leadership in School Communities

Author: John Robert Browne II

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452279314

Category: Education

Page: 408

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Take bold steps to achieve both equitable learning opportunities and educational outcomes! If you’re serious about making sure students of all backgrounds are on a level playing field, then it is time to start walking the equity talk. John Robert Browne II shows how Culturally Courageous Leadership can help you: Develop realistic, data-based plans for putting equity initiatives into action Work with teacher, parent, student, and community leaders to advance equity and excellence Empower staff and stakeholders through collaborative leadership Navigate the politics when addressing identity, race, culture, language, and poverty issues
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Applied Critical Leadership in Education

Choosing Change

Author: Lorri J Santamar a,Lorri J. Santamaría,Andr?'s P Santamar a,Andrés P. Santamaría

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113673788X

Category: Education

Page: 216

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"Educational researchers, leaders, and practitioners are seeing the increasing need for practical transformative models and theories to address academic, cultural, and socio-economic gaps separating learners at all levels of the educational system. Applied Critical Leadership in Education proposes a shift in leadership and a need to transform status quo educational practices. This book explores a leadership model arising from critical theory and critical pedagogy traditions, and provides examples of applied critical leadership, ultimately expanding ways to think about current leadership models. The authors examine qualitative case studies featuring critical leaders in early childhood education, elementary school, middle school, high school, district level, and higher education, and follow with analysis, discussion, and application questions for readers to address. The cases are followed by critical questions for readers, suggestions for readers to begin conversations around issues of social justice and equity, and brief profiles of other critical leaders engaged in leadership for change around the country. This timely book explores an exciting new leadership model in a time of urgency for critical leadership and sustainable change"--
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Doing the Right Thing for Children

Eight Qualities of Leadership

Author: Maurice Sykes

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 160554390X

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Maurice Sykes has made advocating for and advancing high-quality early childhood education his life’s work. Through mentorships, presentations, and personal example, Maurice challenges and inspires educators to become effective leaders who make a difference in children’s lives. He does the same in this book as he shares stories of the hills and valleys of his personal and professional journeys throughout the presentation of eight core leadership values: human potential, knowledge, social justice, competence, fun and enjoyment, personal renewal, perseverance, and courage. Use this book to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind you need to be a successful leader—and do the right thing for children, whether you serve at the individual, organizational, or classroom level. Maurice Sykes directs the Early Childhood Leadership Institute at the University of the District of Columbia's National Center for Urban Education.
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