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Culturally Proficient Leadership
The Personal Journey Begins Within



August 2008 | 192 pages | Corwin
'The authors' masterful developmental process leads you to a place of social responsibility, which is so critical for the mosaic that defines education today. From parents to superintendents, everyone connected to schools needs to take this journey.'ùRosemary Papa, Del and Jewell Lewis Chair of Learner-Centered LeadershipNorthern Arizona University'Provides an opportunity for individual reflection as opposed to a more social network of exploration. The idea of a cultural autobiography is compelling and necessary for people to truly extend their journey of understanding themselves and others.'ùDenise Seguine, Chief Academic OfficerWichita Public Schools, KSGain the personal insight you need to promote equity in your school!With schools becoming increasingly diverse, educational leaders are finding that cultural proficiencyùthe ability to understand and respect studentsÆ cultural dignityùis a crucial component of developing high-performing schools. Culturally Proficient Leadership provides a step-by-step approach for creating a cultural autobiography to help educators reflect on their underlying beliefs, assumptions, and backgrounds. Written by highly respected experts in education and diversity, this interactive resource:Addresses a broad range of differences relevant to today's schools, including race, ethnicity, national origin, language, gender, social class, sexual orientation, faith, and abilityFeatures compelling first-person narratives from the authors' own cross-cultural journeysIncludes reflective questions and prompts to guide readers in examining how their cultural experiences influence their leadership practiceBy embarking on a journey of self-discovery, leaders at all levels can develop essential skills for communicating and collaborating across cultures.
 
Foreword by Michael E. Dantley
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Leadership as an Informed Personal Perspective
 
Introduction
 
Prelude
 
1. The Leadership Journey Begins Within
 
2. The Cultural Proficiency Leadership Lens
 
3. Constructing Your Cultural Autobiography
 
Part II. Knowing Ourselves
 
4. Responding to Issues Related to Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin
 
5. Responding to Issues Related to Language, Gender, and Social Class
 
6. Responding to Issues Related to Sexual Orientation, Faith, and Ableness
 
Part III. Leading From an Ethical Framework
 
7. Culturally Competent and Proficient Leadership Actions
 
8. Educators and the Promise of Democracy
 
Appendix
 
Ray's Cultural Autobiography
 
Randy's Cultural Autobiography
 
References and Further Readings
 
Index

"An excellent text for school leadership classes as well as for those preparing for teacher education. The ability to make change, starting from within, empowers the individual to educate without barriers."

Susan M. Lara, Professor and Vice President for Student Services
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

"Terrell and Lindsey take a new and refreshing approach. They challenge readers to actively interrogate the effects of their own experience on the way they interact with the diversity of the school."

Nicki King, Youth and Family Development Specialist
University of California, Davis

"Recognizing that our core values are central to our leadership style, this book takes you on a self-reflection journey of cultural competence. The authors' masterful developmental process leads you to a place of social responsibility, which is so critical for the mosaic that defines education today. Everyone connected to schools, from parents to superintendents, needs to take this journey."

Rosemary Papa, Del and Jewell Lewis Chair of Learner-Centered Leadership
Northern Arizona University

"Provides an opportunity for individual reflection as opposed to a more social network of exploration. The idea of a cultural autobiography is compelling and necessary for people to truly extend their journey of understanding themselves and others."

Denise Seguine, Chief Academic Officer
Wichita Public Schools, KS

"Every school leader who desires to be a change agent should travel the journey described in this pioneering book. This is a powerful book that will change your life and profession."

Ann N. Chlebicki, Professor
California State University, Dominguez Hills

"This book is like a self-help book that guides you through your own awareness of 'self,' but in this case it is specific to cultural perceptions and education."

Monica Uphoff, Director of Assessment
Coppell Independent School District, TX

"The authors have been brave enough to broach subjects that are usually difficult to confront, and they gently encourage everyone to join them on their journey of love and equity for all learners. Kudos are due!"

Lori L. Grossman, Instructional Coordinator
Houston Independent School District, TX

"I use this book in a doctoral preparation course for teachers, K-12 administrators, county office personnel, and higher education folks. One of the assignments for this course is a cultural autobiography as recommended in this book. This exercise has been powerful. Students are required to write and share their cultural autobiographies in class. The stories shared by students have been amazing. There are stories of students who claim they were not aware or exposed to diversity growing up, and students who are immersed in diversity issues daily. This book is a great guide in helping future school leaders strive to become culturally proficient."

Tony Serna, Assistant Professor
University of the Pacific

I've been using previous books by the authors and in teaching an educational leadership class, this book seemed exactly aligned to what I am teaching. The authors are experienced educators and insert both their personal and professional experience into their writing. My students resonate very well with the book and we use their framework for assessment. The book is easy to read and well-written.

Dr Leon Rodrigues
Education Dept, Bethel University
September 29, 2011

Before leaders can guide teachers toward a status of cultural proficiency, these teacher-leaders and administrators need to reflect and analyze the cultural biases found within themselves. This text provides that personal experience which will guide the professional actions.

Dr Cheryl C. Reichel
Educational Administration, University of Dayton
December 19, 2009

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