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Race Resilience

Achieving Equity Through Self and Systems Transformation

By: Victoria Elaine Romero, Amber Nicole Warner, Justin B. Hendrickson

Race Resilience offers guidance to educators who are ready to rethink, review, and redesign their support systems and foster the building blocks of resiliency for staff.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071833063
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: September 29, 2021

Price: $39.95

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Review, rethink, and redesign racial support systems NOW

As schools engage in courageous conversations about how racialization and racial positioning influences thinking, behaviors, and expectations, many educators still lack the resources to start this challenging and personally transformative work. Race Resilience offers guidance to educators who are ready to rethink, review, and redesign their support systems and foster the building blocks of resiliency for staff.

Readers will learn how to:

  • Model ethical, professional, and social-emotional sensitivity
  • Develop, advocate, and enact on a collective culture
  • Maintain a continuously evaluative process for self and school wellness
  • Engage meaningfully with students and their families
  • Improve academic and behavioral outcomes

Race resilient educators work continuously to grow their awareness of how their racial identity impacts their practice. When educators feel they are cared for, have trusting relationships, and are autonomous, they are in a better position to teach and model resilience to their students.



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Victoria Elaine Romero

Victoria Romero is an educator with over 42 years of experience working as a classroom teacher, principal, instructional and leadership coach. A principal in two turnaround schools, she continues to coach administrators, directors, principals, vice principals, and school leadership teams for equity and sustainable school improvement in three school districts in Washington state.

Victoria is a certified consultant for Corwin/Sage Publishers and lead author for two Corwin Press books, Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole Staff Approach (2018) and Race Resilience: Achieving Equity Through Self and Systems Transformation (2021). Both these books delve the impact of traumatization as it relates to social-emotional needs of White and students of color and how to create school cultures that foster resilience. In the latter work, she outlines a guide to support school staff in engaging in authentic dialogue about how our racialization and racial positioning influences our perceptions, behaviors, expectations, and decisions. Her guiding conceptual framework is systems will change when the people working in them change.

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Amber Nicole Warner

Amber N. Warner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 20 years of experience. She has had the privilege of serving as a community outreach case manager (4 years), school social worker (8 years), medical social worker (5 years) , and behavioral health therapist (3 years). As a School Social Worker, in addition to her work with children and their families, she was part of the school wide Modern Red School House Leadership Team and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Systems Team. She facilitated K-6 monthly classroom discussions utilizing Second Step and Character Counts curriculums. Amber is also a co-author of Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole Staff Approach.

In 2011 Amber worked in healthcare and part of the organization’s leadership team, she was introduced to the work of Dr. Bryan Sexton on healthcare providers’ staggering burnout rates and the healing proponents of Positive Psychology. A new passion and interest developed for her. She became a Certified Duke Patient Safety Officer in 2013 at Duke University’s Patient Safety Center.
Amber has also studied under the direction of Dr. David Burns, leading Psychiatrist, and adjunct professor at Stanford University and the developer of TEAM a new form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety. She has achieved Level 2 TEAM certification from the Feeling Good Institute.
She has a certification from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth in Trauma-Informed Care.

Most of all, Amber has a passion for people, their wellness, and quality of life. She currently resides in California. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, Inferno Pilates, learning new things, traveling, community service, attending church, and an occasional new pair of shoes.

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Justin B. Hendrickson

Justin Hendrickson is a longtime Seattle resident who is currently serving as a PreK-8th grade public school principal. The zip code where his school is located is described as the city’s most ethnically diverse. Ninety percent are students of color. Sixty-five percent participate in the free or reduced lunch program and 21% are English Language Learners. Eight percent of the students are homeless. Justin brings almost 20 years of experience in urban education as a teacher and instructional coach. As a leader in a community-based school, he is focused on implementing a trauma informed school environment where staff practice culturally responsive pedagogy and use strategies that foster resiliency.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD



About the Authors

Chapter 1. The Implementation Process: Steps to Becoming a Race Resilient School

     Year 1: Planning to Become a Race Resilient School

     No Need to Reinvent the Wheel

     Years 2–4 and Continuous Improvement

Chapter 2. The NEED: Societal Changes Change Schools

     Changes in the Workplace

     Household, Community, and Environment: The Three Realms of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Chapter 3. Creating the Culture for Developing a Race Resilient Climate

     School-to-Prison Pipeline

     Blind Spots Impact Other Groups of Students

     Measuring Up: Culture and Climate Are Not Synonymous

     Locus of Control

Chapter 4. Educators’ Emotions Matter: Building Up Stamina for Developing a Race Resilient Climate

     So How Do Educators Feel?

     Our Daily Goal: Minimizing Distress and Maximizing Eustress

     Our Hormonal Brain Under Distress and Eustress

Chapter 5. Racialization Can Be Blinding

     Racial Positioning

     United We Stand, Divided We Crawl

     The “R” Word

     2020 and America’s Racial Awakening

     Through the Eyes of a Child: Racialization and Historical Trauma

     Historical and Generational Trauma

     Genes Load the Gun, Environment Pulls the Trigger

     E Pluribus Hurt, E Pluribus Healing

     This Is Us

Chapter 6. Race Has Mattered in the School House

     The Effects of Racialization: White Identity Dispositions, Internalized Racism, and Stereotype Threat

     White Identity Dispositions

     Internalized Racism and Stereotype Threat

Chapter 7. Mindful of Race

     Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning

     The Weight Room Versus the Wait Room

     Positive Psychology’s Five Building Blocks of Life

Chapter 8. Educator Resilience, Educator Race Resilience, and Mindfulness for Racial Equity

     Transforming a District

     Transforming a School

     In the Space Between Is Mindfulness

     Introduction to Space Between


Appendix A. Processing for Racial Awareness and Creating a Race Resilient Action Plan

Appendix B. Race Resilient School Checklist

Glossary of Terms