OLPD 5309: Culturally Responsive School Leadership

3 Credits

This course will cover the histories, contexts, and major strands of culturally responsive school leadership. Module 1 begins with an overview of some of the primary sources of oppression in the West and the Global South. Here, we cover material on varying epistemologies, the nature of bias, critical self-reflection, and schools, space, and identity. In Module 2, we will examine how these oppressive practices and systems exist in the modern era. We look then at how they enter institutions and how they are reproduced. This includes an examination of various types of bigotry and discrimination in school. In Module 3, we begin to look at how these histories and complex, dynamic systems of power, privilege, and oppression enter and express in schools and communities. We move from the individual to the collective as we explore the many divides between school and community people and perspectives. In Modules 4 and 5, we finally look at emancipatory, liberatory, and culturally responsive models of schooling. In this last part of the course, we look at how community-based and indigenous knowledge can be used to inform schooling. Here, we dig deep into culturally responsive leadership practice, spending time unpacking 4 major strands of culturally responsive school leadership. We look at how curriculum, instructional leadership, PDs, and other resources are structured to improve equity in a building. We take up the community-based approaches to education.

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