Navigating Social Justice

Navigating Social Justice A Schema for Educational Leadership

Martin Scanlan, Foreword by Michelle Young, Afterword by Vonzell Agosto
paper, 168 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2023
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-801-2
Price: $38.00

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A highly accessible and easily adaptable conceptual framework that helps educational leaders plan, leverage, and sustain change as they create more equitable schools. 

In Navigating Social Justice, Martin Scanlan introduces a comprehensive social justice schema that melds organizational learning with leading for equity. Scanlan distills wisdom gleaned from the experiences of a variety of educational professionals as well as from his own more than three decades of work in equity-focused partnership with elementary schools. 


Creating more just schools is both aspirational and urgent—requiring a great deal of school leadership. Scanlan draws deeply on his wisdom about justice and inclusivity, his decades of experience both leading and supporting leaders, and his abundant knowledge of schools to build a rich schema for the work of leading for equity and justice. This book strikes a beautiful balance of giving us new ways of thinking about and seeing the work of leadership with concrete ways to dig into building and rebuilding our own expertise. — George Theoharis, professor, Teaching and Leadership Department, Syracuse University

Scanlan keenly discusses the challenges that advocates could face as they navigate the praxis of social justice in educational settings. This book comes to timely fruition as educators encounter resistance to their teaching critical subject matter. It provides opportunities for practical application, discussion, and prompts to extend these all-important conversations. — Mariela A. Rodríguez, professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio

A powerful testament to the importance of discernment, wisdom, judgment, and continuous learning as essential to the complex work of advancing social justice, Scanlan’s Navigating Social Justice helps leaders (re)organize, reuse, and refine their prior experiences, knowledge, and skills to advance social justice in schools. — Decoteau J. Irby, associate professor of educational policy studies, University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership

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About the Author

Martin Scanlan is an associate professor in educational leadership and higher education in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College.

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