Deficit-based thinking and subtractive schooling on negatively impact children from minoritized communities. This paper considers the unique role of families as leaders in the restorative schooling process, and offers educators research-based guidance on creating culturally responsive learning environments.

Author Biography

Dr. Veronica Benavides is the Director of the Center on Culture, Race & Equity at Bank Street College of Education. In this role, Dr. Benavides partners with communities to create strengths-based learning environments that are responsive to the needs of students and their families. Previously, she served as the Director of Leadership Development at the NYC Leadership Academy. Dr. Benavides earned her EdLD from Harvard University, and holds an MS in teaching from Fordham University.


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