FLDC Codesigning Educational Justice Institute

We are ecstatic about the inaugural FLDC Codesigning Educational Justice Institute at the end of the month! We received a high level of interest and 8 teams were selected to join using criteria based on FLDC principles. Our powerful team, including Ann Ishimaru, Megan Bang, Anthony Craig, Muhammad Khalifa and other FLDC leaders and scholars will be […]

FLDC June Newsletter

Greetings from the Family Leadership Design Collaborative. The FLDC is excited to host the Codesigning Educational Justice Institute this month where we will be taking up solidarity-driven codesign with families/communities and educators across the country to reimagine education. In this issue, we share:  Recent publications from FLDC members Powerful podcasts and blogs from the FLDC Network The National […]

2021 FLDC Codesigning Justice Institute

Check out and apply for FLDC’s Codesigning Educational Justice Institute on June 30th and July 1st, 2021. The institute is a 2-day hands-on learning experience intended to support families of color and educators as leaders in collaborating together to foster more just learning for young people. Participants will take up solidarity-driven codesign as a collective practice to […]

FLDC May Newsletter

Greetings from the Family Leadership Design Collaborative. The ongoing impacts of the pandemic and escalating violence across the globe have been heartbreaking and painful. As you continue to press forward and engage in powerful ways to advance educational justice and community well-being, we hope that you are finding care and healing within your communities of support.  […]

FLDC April Newsletter

Greetings from the Family Leadership Design Collaborative. The ongoing racial reckonings across the nation continue to weigh on us, and we hope that you are finding care and healing within your families and communities of support. In this issue, we share:  Online events to hear from Carol Lee, Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Maxine McKinney de Royston, […]

FLDC March Newsletter

FLDC March Newsletter

Greetings from the Family Leadership Design Collaborative. Spring flowers are beginning to bloom, and we sense a renewed energy to continue building towards more equitable futures. In this issue, we share:  Congratulations to Megan Bang’s recent election into the National Academy of Education and Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy’s new role. Opportunities to learn and connect […]

What is TribalCrit?


Tribal Critical Race Theory (TribalCrit) was developed decades ago by Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy. However, in a recent publication with the National Education Policy Center, TribalCrit is reentered as it is resonant today given the state of the nation. To read more about “What is TribalCrit?”, click here. Download

New Book: Don’t Look Away

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Iheoma Iruka and her colleagues recently published Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms. This book “leads early childhood professionals to explore and address issues of bias, equity, low expectations, and family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences.” To read more and purchase, click here. Purchase

How to Engage with Families During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Schooling

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Check out this blog post, How to Engage with Families During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Schooling, about FLDC member, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC). In the post by Riddhi Divanji and Ella Shahn, SESEC Executive Director Erin Okuno shares, “we need to slow down and take time to build relationships. Relationships are the glue that holds our […]

New Book: Just Schools by Dr. Ishimaru

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Just Schools, by Dr. Ann Ishimaru, examines the challenges and possibilities for building more equitable forms of collaboration among nondominant families, communities, and schools. The text explores how equitable collaboration entails ongoing processes that begin with families and communities, transform power, build reciprocity and agency, and foster collective capacity through collective inquiry. These processes offer […]

Re-imagining Turnaround: Families and Communities Leading Educational Justice

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We are thrilled to share this publication from FLDC’s Ann Ishimaru on families and communities leading towards educational justice, published in the Journal of Educational Administration (JEA) in a special issue edited by Karen Seashore Louis and Muhammad Khalifa at the University of Minnesota. The purpose of this paper is to deepen the understanding of how minoritized […]

FLDC Phase 2 Convening Synthesis

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On February 7-9, 2019, FLDC held our third convening where we invited a group of people that are deeply invested in learning and humanizing our way towards community-defined educational justice and wellbeing. Across these multiple contexts, participants shared their efforts to disrupt inequitable dynamics in schools and catalyze educational possibilities that build on families’ histories, […]

Building Community & Organizational Capacity for Racial Equity in Southeast Seattle

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In the local FLDC site in Seattle, co-design was led by the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC), in partnership with the University of Washington. SESEC is a coalition of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), schools, educators, community leaders, parents and caregivers, and concerned SE Seattle residents working to improve education for all children, especially those in […]

Promoting Culturally Responsive Leadership Practices

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Don’t miss this engaging new article from FLDC member Muhammad Khalifa:  Promoting Culturally Responsive Leadership Practices: Shining a light on marginalized children with humanistic practices and data scrutiny. Excerpt: As a younger man, I worked as a teacher in Detroit, Mich., in a school with mostly black and brown children, some refugees and some white […]