Leading Social Justice in Your School
School leaders from across the country have asked NASSP to support them as they lead social justice in their schools. Using NASSP’s Building Ranks™ dimension of equity as the foundation, Omékongo Dibinga, PhD, will lead the five-workshop series, “Leading Social Justice in Your School.”
To ensure that each member of the school community is provided fair and individualized learning and growth opportunities, this workshop series will provide school leaders with a framework to better address the issue of social justice inside and outside their schools. Using the social justice standards developed by Learning for Justice, participants will strengthen their skills and become familiar with tools and approaches that they can use to make their schools more just, equitable, and safe. Further, the series will help participants understand the difference between personal stereotypes and systemic discrimination and explore how privilege impacts discrimination and justice.
The sessions will include activities, practical applications, and discussions with other school leaders. In addition, there will be tasks to complete between each session, including readings, reflecting, and taking stock of one’s own school situation. Participants must commit to the entire series.
March 30, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. (ET)
To best prepare for their own leadership in this area, participants will first grapple with this question. The goal of this and the following session is for participants to define their commitment to social justice. Principals will be asked to dig deep to understand why exploring social justice is the right approach for themselves and their learning community.
April 13, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. (ET)
Building on each leader’s reflections, this session will focus on refining participants’ social justice awareness, using different strategies for addressing potentially fraught situations, and strengthening skills in facilitating conversations with different stakeholder groups of the learning community.
June 8, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. (ET)
In this final session, school leaders will share aspects of their school social justice review, with particular attention on what opportunities they might pursue. We will look at how they plan to introduce or expand upon this work, who they need to enroll to move the work forward, how they will continue to build momentum, and what success looks like.