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Ensuring social justice and a diverse and equitable leadership

Ensuring social justice and a diverse and equitable leadership

By Kenneth Magdaleno

 

The essence of leadership for social justice and equity is “praxis,” that which Brazilian educator Paulo Freire described as “reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it.” It is to do the right thing in spite of the obvious barriers one encounters. Transforming the educational system through “intentional activism” indisputably calls for courageous leadership. Although it may be true that the term “courageous” is frequently overused, it is accurate, in that to do the right thing often calls for stepping outside one’s comfort zone.

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Education leaders are charged with meeting the needs of all students, and must understand the difference between diversity and equity.