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Culturally Proficient Leadership
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Culturally Proficient Leadership
The Personal Journey Begins Within

Second Edition (Revised Edition)

Foreword by Dan Alpert

Other Titles in:
Cultural Competence | Leadership

May 2018 | 256 pages | Corwin
Foreword: By Dan Alpert
Art of Hosting Diversity
About the Authors
Part I. Leadership As An Informed Personal Perspective
The Leadership Journey Begins Within  
The Cultural Proficiency Leadership Lens  
Constructing Your Cultural Autobiography  
Part II. Knowing Ourselves
Leaders Responding to Issues Related to Race, Ethnicity and National Origin  
Leaders Responding to Issues Related to Language, Gender, and Social Class  
Leaders Responding to Issues Related to Sexual Orientation, Faith and Ableness  
Part III. Leading From an Ethical Framework
Culturally Competent and Proficient Leadership Actions  
Educators and the Promise of Democracy  
A Note to Those Preparing Educational Leaders  
Authors’ Autobiographies  
Cultural Proficiency Books’ Essential Questions  

"We’re so pleased to see the newest edition of Culturally Proficient Leadership is coming out soon! We have used the first edition of this valuable book for the last several years as one of the core texts for our course, “Educational Leadership for Diverse Learners,” and look forward to using the new edition. The very personal and interactive nature of the book provides our students, who are preparing to be school principals, both a model of what a deeply self-reflective journey looks like and a structure for engaging in such a journey for themselves. Through this work, we have seen dozens of future school leaders move into a process of personal development in a manner that both celebrates their journey and challenges their thinking. This most recent edition is updated to include references to the most recent version of ESSA and includes the voices of women by adding the perspectives and stories of the original authors’ life partners to the mix.  These additions are timely and important as more and more women seek roles in educational leadership. It’s about time."

Patricia A. Talbot and Brad E. Bizzell, Associate Professors of Educational Leadership
Radford University

"The Lindseys and Terrells continue to empower educators by sharing the tools of cultural proficiency. The guiding principles presented here are uniquely designed to ensure that, within our nation's beautifully diverse schools, every student knows adults who will help them thrive."

Joe Gothard, Superintendent
Saint Paul Public Schools

"Culturally Proficient Leadership has served as a reflective tool in assisting our school site principals through their personal journeys as culturally proficient leaders. As they reflect on their own experiences, our principals gain better understanding in order to respond to those day to day questions, concerns, and issues that arise on school campuses, which often times hold cultural underpinnings. Through the content in Chapters 1-4 and the accompanying reflective writing practices, our site leaders have begun to construct their own cultural autobiographies. Most effective have been the candid conversations principals have started having with each other about their own upbringing, as well as their noticings, wonderings, and increased self-awareness of their culture. More importantly, this self-awareness is building increased effectiveness in cross-cultural settings. These guided learnings continue to build those skills needed in supporting our community."

Cindy De Clercq and Mercedes Hubschmitt, Executive Director II and Director, Learning Support Services
Poway Unified School District
Key features
  • Different from other leadership books in that it is based on the premise that a leader must clearly understand his or her own assumptions, beliefs and values in order to be effective in cross-cultural settings
  • Personal journey narratives provide a guide to readers for discovering their own cultural identities.  They also serve as a powerful illustration of "Inside-Out" growth processes.
  • An effective companion to other books on cultural proficiency including Corwin Press bestsellers Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders; Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach; and The Culturally Proficient School: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders.
  • Chronologically-ordered chapters provide historical context to the development of racial and cultural identities
  • The reflective activities and cultural interview protocols guide readers to understand their own assumptions, to know their values relative to equity issues, and to create change within their own practice.

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