June 25, 2024


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Engaging Imagination to Develop a School Leadership Network that Includes a Pedagogy of Care – imaginED


By Myra Quadros-Meis, Ed.D (Administrator in San Francisco Unified School District)

School management can be lonely and isolating. Your colleagues are other administrators who are also active so you do not want to stress them with your inquiries or fears. Typically, management meetings are total of logistics with very little time to network much fewer be in collaboration with friends.

At the starting of the 2018-19 college year, the superintendent of San Francisco Unified Faculty District (SFUSD) identified twenty educational institutions that traditionally or persistently underserved Black learners as indicated on proficiency metrics of standardized checks (California University Dashboard, 2018). The district labeled the faculties and activated a process for addressing the discovered deficiencies by a mandate.

Above the system of two yrs, I labored facet-by-side with 4 center college leaders from the SFUSD as activist co-scientists. With the intention of addressing the district mandate and assisting these leaders in enhancing academic and social-psychological outcomes for Black learners, we engaged in an imaginative, collaborative PAR project focused on social justice alter (hunter et al., 2013). Our imaginations were activated as we engaged in individual narratives. We shared tales about our journey traces to management and opened up about our vulnerabilities in foremost educational facilities. 3 cycles of inquiry in excess of eighteen months afforded us time to ascertain how an equity-centered experienced discovering group (EC-PLC) could totally interact in imaginative dialogue to tackle the sizeable worries that College students of Colour confronted in the 4 center faculties.

Our imaginations ended up activated as we engaged in particular narratives.

In advance of we began our very first cycle of inquiry we spent informal time jointly that I refer to as a pre-cycle. This pre-cycle is what grounded us as a network that eventually pushed us toward transformative social justice leadership (Shields, 2010). The university leaders appreciated the care taken to establish and retain our qualified understanding room and coaching romance. In my investigation I call this theme, “Pedagogy of Treatment.” I feel the concepts from Pedagogy of Treatment furnished an environment exactly where the university leaders could start to be their authentic selves and have interaction in  imaginative primary the ability to direct outdoors of the conventional methods of education. They became open to remaining in solidarity with underrepresented scholar and relatives teams.


 Functions of Pedagogy of Treatment

  1. Resources are often limited in the education and learning placing, especially for management experienced growth. In the analyze, two methods contributed to the pedagogy of treatment in our operate jointly: time and food. A faculty leader’s time is one particular of the most worthwhile resources, and there is by no means sufficient of it (Theoharis, 2009). Their motivation was apparent by how they built time in their schedules to show up at qualified studying together. As hectic college leaders, they prioritized the administrative network and communicated how substantially they valued the time to be with colleagues grappling with similar concerns. Consuming alongside one another was an critical ritual, a time to break barriers throughout distinctions and reduce the formality of the experienced connection. Starting up with our initially meeting, each snacks all through EC-PLC time and sharing a communal dinner afterward were being the norm.
  1. The physical atmosphere to engage in the EC-PLC perform was a precedence for the group. Initially, we achieved at the conclusion of the faculty day so there would be constrained interruptions. In the initial cycle, we fulfilled each at a university web-site and at my dwelling. The college leaders requested to fulfill in a site various from a college website mid-cycle, so we made a decision to forever improve the meeting site to my household. Modifying the locale offered an unforeseen stage of comfort and safety the place reliable, engaging conversations could exist by means of storytelling and link. The shift in room gave us the ability to increase our imaginations outside of what the walls of traditional faculty makes it possible for.
  2. An essential element of my do the job with the faculty leaders was to learn their faculty context in get to help them in the district mandate and their leadership advancement. In what I termed, inclusive pedagogy, our coaching time supplied a must have opportunities for me to construct belief with each chief and with other users of the university neighborhood, to assistance me have an understanding of the context of their school predicaments, and to replicate with them on their leadership choices. The have confidence in that made affirmed a caring relationship and supported their comfort and ease in participating their creativity and inviting other folks to imagine with them.
  3. As portion of the society of caring that I was attempting to cultivate with the faculty leaders, I consistently offered wellness checks. I would regularly cease by their offices unscheduled to say hi there and see how they have been undertaking. Many of the informal discussions led to far more in-depth discussions where school leaders exchanged individual stories and inner thoughts, together with anxieties. I assisted just about every chief, as needed, on these responsibilities as guiding their reaction to a district business, creating an agenda, supporting classroom walkthroughs, or attending a assembly with them.


Imaginative leaders do not perform in silos. They will need a network of like-minded colleagues and must encounter a pedagogy of care in buy to go away from transactional management in direction of a lot more social justice transformative leadership. Time, area, security, and have faith in help us to join, interact our imaginations, and share our stories in ways that cultivate a brave place for us to be susceptible and additional self-confident to acquire dangers in our selection generating (Arao & Clemens, 2013)


Arao, B., & Clemens, K. (2013). From secure areas to brave spaces: A new way to body dialogue all over variety and social justice. In L. Landreman (Ed.), The artwork of successful facilitation: Reflections from social justice educators (pp. 135-150). Stylus Publishing.

California University Dashboard. (2018). SFUSD [Academic performance and academic        engagement] https://www.caschooldashboard.org/stories/38684780000000/2018

hunter, L., Emerald, E., & Martin, G. (2013). Participatory activist exploration in the globalized entire world. Springer.

Shields, C. M. (2010). Transformative management: Doing work for fairness in numerous

contexts. Academic Administration Quarterly46(4), 558-589.

Theoharis, G. (2009). The college leaders our youngsters should have: Seven keys to equity, social justice, and university reform. Teachers School Push.








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