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Middle School Assistant Principal, Spokane Public Schools

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What is your school and/or district doing to ensure students are experiencing an education that is socially just?

In a recent conversation with some other community leaders I was asked, as a middle school assistant principal working in the poorest zip code in Washington State, what is your district doing to address issues around social justice? I said, "Well, we have a focus on improving instructional practices, we engage in efforts to ensure students are college and career ready, and different things like that, that ultimately should close the acievement gap and provide equal access to opportunities for all students." My friends responded (and I paraphrase), "No, what is your school or district doing to impact PEOPLE, to impact and change the CULTURE and the COMMUNITY? How are they allocating and distributing resources to those most in need? What are the systemic commitments to addressing the whole child?" I thought for a few moments but didn't have very many powerfully definitive answers.

I have a vision to replicate aspects of proven efforts that have transformed disparaging communities with the purpose of transforming the culture and community for which I serve. Share with me your thinking, your experiences, and your ideas, and your follow-up questions. What is your school and/or district doing to ensure students are experiencing an education that is socially just?

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    Aug 11 2013: Your first answer was correct, Andre. Good grief! The US is ranked 14th in the world (and falling) just in the basics. Let's fix core education before we start debating what "socially just" means.

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