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Change the Narrative

Change the Narrative: How to Foster an Antiracist Culture in Your School

School leaders, in partnership with educators, students, parents, and the community, have remarkable potential to change the narrative so that all students, regardless of race, can feel seen, empowered, and engaged in their learning communities. Through the lens and actions of antiracism, Change the Narrative provides a pathway for school administrators, leaders, and change agents who want to put into action the values of antiracism in their school community every day.


Henry J. Turner and Kathy Lopes, a high school principal and a director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts, weave their professional experiences and their personal stories to connect the reader to the importance of the consistent routines, ongoing learning, and structural changes that will help foster an antiracist school culture.


Full of practical and effective strategies, this book is for those who have been fighting for equity their entire career as well as those who are just beginning on their journey. It will push you to expand your mindset in new ways and serve as a reference you can return to as often as you need.

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Book Reviews


"Change the Narrative is not for passive leaders. It is an ongoing call to action for those who are ready to dismantle and disrupt."

Roberto & Lorena Germán, Co-Founders, The Multicultural Classroom


"Practical, sequential yet iterative, easy-to-follow steps that guide readers to the intersection of grace and accountability for the sake of all students, staff, and families."

Devin Morris, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Teachers' Lounge


"There is no doubt that this text, brilliantly researched and woven with their personal stories, will help readers reimagine their schools and evolve their practice."

Katie Novak, author of UDL Now and Equity by Design

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