The Principal’s Guide to Building Culturally Responsive Schools

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It’s imperative that our nation’s schools not only welcome diversity in the classroom, but also teach students how to navigate an increasingly racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse society and global economy. The Principal’s Guide to Building Culturally Responsive Schools presents recommendations for four leadership competencies that are meant to guide school leaders in their work to ensure equity for all students. The guide was developed by the NAESP Diversity Task Force, which was established to examine and identify effective practices that promote positive student outcomes through policy and practice recommendations.

 

Competencies

The Principal’s Guide to Building Culturally Responsive Schools identifies recommendations for four leadership competencies.

  1. Advance Culturally Responsive Leadership
  2. Diversify Student and Adult Capacity to Transform Schools
  3. Utilize Assets to Ensure Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning
  4. Provide Diverse Opportunities for All Students.

NAESP Diversity Task Force

The NAESP Diversity Task Force was established to examine and identify effective practices that promote positive student outcomes through policy and practice recommendations.

NAESP Diversity Task Force Members

Brian Partin, NAESP Board President, Ex-Officio

Dr. Steven D. Geis, NAESP Past Board President, Ex-Officio

Kimbrelle Barbosa Lewis, Task Force Chair, NAESP Board

Dr. Carrie McWilliams, Times2 STEM Academy, Providence, RI; Zone 1

Thomas Payton, Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, Riverhead, NY; Zone 2

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus, Union Elementary School, Buckhannon, WV; Zone 3

Dr. Harry “Sam” Shaw IV, Berclair Elementary School, Memphis, TN; Zone 4

Dr. Dionne Blue, Evansville Vanderburgh School, Evansville, IN; Zone 5

Jeremy Patterson, Middle School at Parkside, Jackson, MI; Zone 6

Joseph Torrez, Ellicott Elementary School, Ellicott, CO; Zone 7

Dr. Annette Sanchez, Thomas Jefferson Intermediate School, Beeville, TX; Zone 8

Taj Jensen, Mann Elementary School; Tacoma, WA; Zone 9

NAESP Staff Facilitation

L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, Executive Director

Gail Morgan, Associate Executive Director for Professional Learning

Honor Fede, Coordinator, Professional Learning