Ensure Social Justice and Equity in Your Schools

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.

You must sign up for all five sessions, which build on each other to provide a deep learning experience. Through activities, practical applications, and discussions with other school leaders, the series will equip you with the tools and skills you need to lean into social justice and effect positive change in your practice and learning community.

Workshop Schedule

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.

April 27, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. (ET)

Social justice is a broad topic that means many things to many people. The goal of this session will be for leaders to see what other schools have done in the field of social justice. As many leaders will have social justice initiatives underway in their schools, they will be asked to share them.

May 18, 2021, 3:00–5:00 p.m. (ET)

This session will introduce a framework for assessing social justice in school settings. Once familiar with the framework, leaders will be asked to look at their own school to identify opportunities for strengthening equity and social justice.

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.

This is a live, collaborative series and requires interactive participation. A recording will not be available on demand.

Registration is now closed. Each registrant will receive an access link via email the day before the corresponding session.

Questions? Please contact professionaldevelopment1@nassp.org.

Want to receive graduate course credit for your participation in the series? Complete the separate credit registration and payment with the University of Lynchburg for an hour of professional development graduate credit.