Undermining Racism and a Whiteness Ideology: White Principals Living a Commitment to Equitable and Excellent Schools

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This article reports on six White urban principals who came to the administration with a commitment to create more equitable and excellent schools for students from marginalized communities. These leaders made strides in raising student achievement, creating a climate of belonging for students, staff, and families, and increasing access to learning opportunities for marginalized students. The analysis sought to address the following research question: “In what ways do White leaders who make significant progress in creating excellent and equitable schools include race and racial issues in their leadership?” Five aspects of these leaders’ workaround undermining racism and a Whiteness ideology are highlighted.

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