Central Texas principal co-edits book on African American leadership

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – GW Carver Indian Spring Middle School Principal Dr. Isaac Carrier has co-edited a book of personal experiences of African-American school administrators and their commitment to justice social and equity.

In Carrier’s “Fighting the Good Fight: Narratives of the African American Principalship,” contributors share their triumphs and challenges and offer strategies for future principals.

“The idea for this book really started about 10 years ago when I was reflecting on my experience on my way to becoming a director,” Carrier said.

“This reflection was amplified when I completed my dissertation and discovered that among the participants in my research study, each had very similar stories regarding their rise to leadership and ultimately superintendence. My co-editor and I discussed the best way to tell this story, and the idea of ​​a collection of stories evolved.

Published by Word & Deed Publishing Inc. and co-edited by Dr. Aaron J. Griffen – former Principal and current Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for DSST Public Schools – the book features 35 reflective chapters of practitioner-scholars who provide transformational leadership despite historical and systemic barriers in education.

“I certainly hope this book becomes part of the larger conversation about equity as it relates to opportunities for leaders of color in our profession,” Carrier said.

“I believe that the book has the opportunity to influence theory and perhaps a theoretical framework will also evolve for research purposes. Of course, we hope this will inspire and motivate readers to stay and intensify our efforts to “fight the good fight” because our children deserve it and more.”

Carrier has over 27 years of experience as a teacher, campus and central office administrator, and educational consultant. He joined Transformation Waco as Principal of GW Carver Middle School in June 2020.

“The book is a tremendous testament to why we need to continue to support more underrepresented leaders of color,” said Transformation Waco CEO Dr. Robin McDurham.

“We are very fortunate to have the educational leadership and expertise that Dr. Carrier brings. He has dedicated his career to ensuring that every child has equitable learning opportunities. And I’m glad his perspective, and that of his contemporaries, has a platform to share.

Carrier and Griffen will discuss their book in a online seminar marking the start of Black History Month on February 1. The session will be hosted by Pure Edge, Inc., a private foundation that provides professional development to improve social-emotional learning in schools.

The first 100 webinar registrants will also receive a FREE copy of Fighting the Good Fight: Narratives of the African American Principalship.

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