June 18, 2024


General Evolution

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 Faculty District)

University 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. Normally, management meetings are complete of logistics with small time to community significantly fewer be in collaboration with peers.

At the beginning of the 2018-19 university 12 months, the superintendent of San Francisco Unified University District (SFUSD) identified 20 schools that historically or persistently underserved Black students as indicated on proficiency metrics of standardized exams (California University Dashboard, 2018). The district labeled the universities and activated a course of action for addressing the discovered deficiencies by way of a mandate.

About the program of two years, I labored side-by-facet with four middle college leaders from the SFUSD as activist co-scientists. With the aim of addressing the district mandate and assisting these leaders in improving academic and social-psychological outcomes for Black students, we engaged in an imaginative, collaborative PAR undertaking focused on social justice transform (hunter et al., 2013). Our imaginations have been activated as we engaged in personal narratives. We shared stories about our journey traces to leadership and opened up about our vulnerabilities in main schools. A few cycles of inquiry in excess of eighteen months afforded us time to identify how an equity-centered experienced studying group (EC-PLC) could entirely engage in inventive dialogue to address the considerable troubles that Learners of Color confronted in the 4 center educational institutions.

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

In advance of we began our initial cycle of inquiry we used casual time with each other that I refer to as a pre-cycle. This pre-cycle is what grounded us as a network that ultimately pushed us in the direction of transformative social justice management (Shields, 2010). The faculty leaders appreciated the treatment taken to establish and maintain our expert learning house and coaching romance. In my exploration I get in touch with this concept, “Pedagogy of Care.” I think the principles from Pedagogy of Treatment offered an surroundings wherever the faculty leaders could start out to be their genuine selves and have interaction in  imaginative main the capacity to direct outdoors of the classic approaches of schooling. They became open up to becoming in solidarity with underrepresented pupil and family groups.


 Options of Pedagogy of Treatment

  1. Means are normally restricted in the instruction placing, primarily for leadership specialist improvement. In the research, two methods contributed to the pedagogy of treatment in our do the job collectively: time and meals. A college leader’s time is a single of the most important sources, and there is never plenty of of it (Theoharis, 2009). Their determination was evident by how they manufactured time in their schedules to attend qualified learning alongside one another. As chaotic college leaders, they prioritized the administrative network and communicated how substantially they valued the time to be with colleagues grappling with comparable challenges. Consuming with each other was an critical ritual, a time to split limitations throughout discrepancies and reduce the formality of the qualified connection. Setting up with our to start with assembly, both equally snacks during EC-PLC time and sharing a communal dinner afterward were the norm.
  1. The bodily ecosystem to interact in the EC-PLC perform was a priority for the group. In the beginning, we achieved at the conclusion of the college day so there would be constrained interruptions. In the to start with cycle, we fulfilled both equally at a faculty web-site and at my home. The college leaders asked for to meet in a place distinctive from a college web-site mid-cycle, so we determined to forever alter the conference place to my home. Altering the location delivered an surprising amount of convenience and protection where authentic, participating conversations could exist as a result of storytelling and relationship. The change in place gave us the means to extend our imaginations outside of what the partitions of standard faculty permits.
  2. An critical component of my do the job with the college leaders was to study their faculty context in order to assistance them in the district mandate and their management advancement. In what I termed, inclusive pedagogy, our coaching time offered priceless options for me to develop trust with every chief and with other users of the faculty group, to enable me understand the context of their faculty scenarios, and to mirror with them on their management selections. The trust that designed affirmed a caring romance and supported their comfort in engaging their creativity and inviting other folks to envision with them.
  3. As aspect of the lifestyle of caring that I was striving to cultivate with the faculty leaders, I regularly provided wellness checks. I would routinely halt by their offices unscheduled to say good day and see how they were being carrying out. A lot of of the relaxed discussions led to far more in-depth discussions where university leaders exchanged particular stories and feelings, which includes anxieties. I assisted each and every chief, as necessary, on these duties as guiding their response to a district office, developing an agenda, supporting classroom walkthroughs, or attending a assembly with them.


Imaginative leaders do not do the job in silos. They will need a community of like-minded colleagues and have to encounter a pedagogy of care in buy to transfer away from transactional leadership toward much more social justice transformative management. Time, house, security, and trust enable us to link, interact our imaginations, and share our tales in strategies that cultivate a courageous space for us to be vulnerable and a lot more self-assured to just take pitfalls in our choice earning (Arao & Clemens, 2013)


Arao, B., & Clemens, K. (2013). From harmless areas to courageous spaces: A new way to frame dialogue all around diversity and social justice. In L. Landreman (Ed.), The art of successful facilitation: Reflections from social justice educators (pp. 135-150). Stylus Publishing.

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

hunter, L., Emerald, E., & Martin, G. (2013). Participatory activist investigation in the globalized globe. Springer.

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

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

Theoharis, G. (2009). The university leaders our small children ought to have: Seven keys to equity, social justice, and school reform. Teachers College or university Press.








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