Leaders Changing How They Act by Changing How They Think: Applying Principles of an Anti-Racist Principal Preparation Program


by Mark A. Gooden, Bradley W. Davis, Daniel D. Spikes, Dottie L. Hall & Linda Lee - 2018

Systemic racism and the impending inequities in schooling persist, making it apparent the concept of race still matters when it comes to educational leadership. In response, this chapter examines linkages between principal preparation programs, the orientations of the aspiring leaders enrolled within them, and the potential for program graduates to facilitate institutional change for racial equity. The concept of anti-racist leadership is explored to better understand how principal preparation programs can better prepare aspiring leaders to address how race, power, and individual, institutional, and cultural racism impact beliefs, structures, and outcomes for students of color. This preparation is accomplished by examining how a principal preparation program, adopting an anti-racist curriculum, further develops the racial consciousness of its predominantly White student cohort. The anti-racist curriculum made the impact of race more salient to students and had an impact on their leadership beliefs, decisions, and actions once they served in school leadership positions.

Keywords: anti-racist leadership, social justice, orientations, leadership preparation


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 120 Number 14, 2018, p. 1-26
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22380, Date Accessed: 12/10/2019 1:52:21 PM

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