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The Race Card

Leading the Fight for Truth in America’s Schools
By: H. Richard Milner IV

Foreword by Mark Anthony Gooden, PhD

Designed for leaders working toward racial justice, this book provides a road map for building anti-racist leadership capacity in today’s turbulent political environment.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071907771
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: April 07, 2023

Price: $34.95



Race neutral leadership is not an option.

Education leaders are on the frontline in the fight for racial justice and must co-construct practices to disrupt storylines, policies, and practices that perpetuate opportunity gaps. Drawing from established research and the wisdom of teachers, young people, parents, community members, policy advocates, and school leaders, The Race Card is a guide for frontline leaders at every level to confront and disrupt racism.

Designed to engage leaders in candid conversations about race and racism, this book provides a road map for building anti-racist leadership capacity in today’s turbulent political environment. Features include

  • Eight interrelated tenets of Frontline Leadership
  • Strategies for supporting faculty, staff, students, and the broader community in practices centering racial justice and equity
  • Guidance for dismantling the lies and beliefs that perpetuate inequities
  • Design principles and strategies to cultivate opportunity-rich and robust curriculum, instruction, relationships, and assessment

The frontline isn’t always a comfortable place, but it’s where education leaders are needed right now. Lead the fight for truth in your school community and help change history—by putting our nation back on the path to racial justice.



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H. Richard Milner IV

H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and the Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. He has courtesy appointments in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations and the Department of Sociology. Professor Milner is the founding Director of the Initiative for Race Research and Justice at Vanderbilt. A researcher, scholar, and teacher, Dr. Milner is President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest educational research organization in the world. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of AERA. Dr. Milner has published more than 100 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, and he has published seven books, two of which are bestsellers. His work has been cited or featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Atlantic. Dr. Milner has taught high school Language Arts, Developmental Reading in community college, and on the faculty at several universities.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Foreword by Mark Gooden

About the Author

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: How to Close Opportunity Gaps

Chapter 3: How to Co-Develop Systematic Plans and Designs

Chapter 4: How to Disrupt Punishment and Pushout Practices

Chapter 5: No Turning Back – Conclusions, Summaries, Recommendations, and Implications



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