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Race Resilience

Race Resilience
Achieving Equity Through Self and Systems Transformation

Foreword by Nancy Boyd-Franklin

September 2021 | 224 pages | Corwin

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.

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

"Fostering Educator Resilience is practical, useful, and very realistic. I would love to use this book in professional development with my staff or in a workshop. The activities, vignettes, and reflection activities will help administrators create or change the culture and climate in whatever environment they find themselves.”

Janice Wyatt-Ross
Program Director, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY

"Fostering Educator Resilience provides timely and immediately applicable guidance. The resources and ability to reflect on them with prompts guides your reflection. The book provides realistic and practical guidance that educators can easily relate to and that resonate with their current needs.

One of the major strengths of the book is the variety of ways resources are being shared. I walked away knowing new people I wanted to read up on, new resources I needed to check out, and thinking about how I could take the exercises in this book into my work. It’s a resource full of resources!"

Tamisha Williams
Director of Equity and Community Initiatives, Potomac Schools, MD

"A major strength of this book is the reflective opportunities and personal perspectives which give the reader the opportunity to internalize the information that is presented."

Jayne Ellspermann
Jayne Ellspermann, 2015 NASSP National Principal of the Year

Victoria Elaine Romero

Victoria Romero is an educator with over 42 years of experience working as a classroom teacher, principal, and leadership coach. 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. Victoria is a certified consultant and lead author of 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 books focus on the impact of... More About Author

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... More About Author

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... More About Author

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