While the majority of public school students in the United States are now people of color, school leadership positions have yet to diversify. As late as 2012, 80 percent of principals in the U.S were white.
White principals serving predominantly black and brown students can’t ignore this dynamic, says Jonathan Crossley. A former Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Crossley is now the principal of Baseline Elementary, a newly reconstituted school in Little Rock whose student body is almost entirely black and Latino and is all low-income.
In the fourth episode of Walking the Talk, Crossley joins Domonic Rollins for a candid conversation about building trust and community with students and parents, while confronting the realities of power and race. Walking the Talk is a series of video conversations streamed live on Facebook, exploring challenging questions of diversity, inclusion, and identity as they are lived and expressed in the real world. See the first, second, and third installments in the series.
Watch Rollins and Crossley's conversation, as it was recorded live, and read our takeaways below.