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Catherine Marshall edits second edition of Leadership for Social Justice

Catherine Marshall recently co-edited the second edition of a book, Leadership for Social Justice: Making Revolutions in Education. Published by Allyn & Bacon, this work is an expanded and revised version that focuses on important issues surrounding social justice as it relates to school leadership.

Marshall is a professor of educational leadership and policy. The book’s co-editor is Maricela Oliva of the University of Texas at San Antonio, with contributions from a diverse group of educational leadership scholar-leaders.

The book combines research, real-life vignettes of activist school leaders as well as practical tools for intervening to alter schools, in pursuit of social justice. Composed of 16 chapters, the book groups the chapters in a way that first defines the issues, then explores them in detail, and finally, presents strategies to promote social justice in schools.

The first three chapters define social justice leadership as well as the issues and recent policy changes within the discipline. Chapters include “Building the Capacities of Social Justice Leaders” and “Preparation and Development of School Leaders.” This section of the book lays a foundation for the subsequent exploration of the issues and presentation of teaching strategies.

Chapters four through 10 give detailed insight into equity issues while also analyzing the actions and motivations of educational leaders who actively practice social justice. Issues relating to poverty in communities and schools, religion in schools and educational leadership along the United States/Mexico border are all explored in detail.

Chapters 11 through 14 present teaching strategies to make the ideals suggested in the preceding chapters become realities in schools. Ways of integrating art into teaching practices are explored in this section. Other overarching themes center on the actual practice of social justice in school systems.

The final two chapters emphasize the fact that social justice issues are continually changing and discuss the characteristics that are essential for “talking and walking social justice.” The focus here is on being able to adapt teaching and learning styles with the current practices of educational leadership.

Leadership for Social Justice integrates poetry, editorial cartoons and hands-on tools throughout its chapters. These elements are woven into the text to create a lively work that creatively presents current findings and solutions to social justice issues in the country.