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Friday, November 18 • 11:00am - 12:10pm
Complex Contexts for Leadership

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Demanding Inclusivity: A Galvanizing Exploration of Strategies to Cultivate Inclusive Schools. Rana T. Razzaque, University of Denver

This Ignite will engage the audience in a provocative journey exploring oppression experienced by disenfranchised students and re-envisioning leadership, praxis, and systemic approaches to creating safe and inclusive spaces for diverse students. The visual experience is complemented with spoken word and a call to action, which not only galvanizes leaders from all facets of the education arena to embrace greater urgency in this work, but also provides actionable strategies to cultivate inclusive schools and organizations.

Sick Education Systems Mirror Sick Societies: The In uence of Poverty on Urban School Improvement. Erin Anderson, University of Denver

This longitudinal case study explores the unique contextual factors to be considered when planning for improvement. The high concentration of students with extreme academic needs, coupled with a high proportion of students struggling with the social realities of their community, hindered change. While these problems are outside of the control of school-level leaders, these realities need to be recognized and incorporated into planning for school improvement, whether at the federal, state, district, or school level.

Constructing a Leader’s Social Justice Conscience: An Elusive Goal. John W. Somers, Lynn Wheeler (University of Indianapolis)

The formula for preparing school principals who strive for social justice remains elusive. Evidence shows that many principals lack the perspective needed to ensure high-quality outcomes for all students, especially underserved populations—students with disabilities, English language learners, and children living in poverty. A principal preparation program at a liberal arts university has created experiences to disrupt candidates’ current belief system about social justice and instill values of equity and opportunity in their aspiring leaders.

Educational Leadership Through Pedagogies of Social Transformation: Innovations From Urban Life in Latin America. Michael P. O’Malley, Tanya Alyson Long, Diana Barrera, Susan M. Croteau, Jeffry King, Brett Lee (Texas State University)

This Ignite presentation reports on a research project exploring pedagogies of social transformation across schools and community organizations in the complex urban environment of Santiago de Chile. It offers insight into distributed forms of educational leadership within and beyond schools that elicit imagination and practices oriented toward social transformation. Possibilities are presented for partnerships among justice workers in urban communities. The presentation format highlights evocative representations of ndings through concurrent visual, narrative, and vocal/musical expressions.

Friday November 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:10pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Brule A

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