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In Search of Successful Equity-Policy Leadership: Brokering Agreements in Support of Dual Language Implementation

Tue, April 9, 2:15 to 3:45pm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Floor: 200 Level, Room 201A

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Leaders enact equity policies to change biased school practices, but studies suggest that they often fail to support these initiatives through implementation conflicts, such as resource competition and resistance from parents. This qualitative comparative case study uses a dual language immersion policy to investigate how leaders navigate this contested terrain. Drawing on micro-politics and Strategic Action Fields theories, the study analyzes a variety of leaders’ implementation interactions in four grade-level teams at two schools in a single district. Findings show that leaders adapted their strategic actions depending on the context to build or preserve the group’s agreement to implement the policy. This study contributes to existing literature by illustrating successful equity-policy leadership moves.

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