Culturally Responsive School Leadership

Culturally Responsive School Leadership

Muhammad Khalifa, Foreword by Lisa Delpit
cloth, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: July 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-208-9
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ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-207-2
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Pub. Date: July 2018
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Culturally Responsive School Leadership focuses on how school leaders can effectively serve minoritized students—those who have been historically marginalized in school and society. The book demonstrates how leaders can engage students, parents, teachers, and communities in ways that positively impact learning by honoring indigenous heritages and local cultural practices.


Not only does Khalifa challenge us to understand our own implicit biases, he provides practical solutions for change. Culturally Responsive School Leadership couples real-world examples of systemic marginalization with specific strategies for how leaders can truly learn to interrupt systems that work only for some. — Christine Osorio, superintendent, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale, MN

Khalifa draws on his own experience as an educator in Detroit to provide others who choose to take on this difficult but important work with insights that are invaluable and not typically learned in graduate school. For educational leaders who genuinely seek to make a difference this book will be an invaluable resource. — Pedro A. Noguera, distinguished professor of education, Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

In addition to serving as a catalyst for powerful personal learning and reflection, [this book] also provides an invaluable framework for the ongoing, essential work of embedding culturally responsive leadership practices in our schools. — School Administrator

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About the Author

Muhammad Khalifa is the Robert H. Beck Professor of Ideas in Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He has worked as a public school teacher and administrator in Detroit. He is most noted for helping districts perform equity audits as a way to address injustice and dehumanization in school, and has helped leaders select appropriate reforms that counter inequitable practices in school ( His research examines how urban school leaders enact culturally responsive leadership practices. He is coeditor of three other books: Handbook on Urban Educational Leadership, Becoming Critical: The Emergence of Social Justice Scholars, and The School to Prison Pipeline: The Role of Culture and Discipline in School. He has also published widely, with articles appearing in such journals as Review of Educational Research, Teachers College Record, QSE, Urban Review, EAQ, Journal of Negro Education, and the Journal of School Leadership. Dr. Khalifa has also contributed in Asian and African educational contexts, and most recently was invited to several post-conflict areas to improve education.

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