Culturally Responsive Practices

  • Lauri JohnsonEmail author
  • Jorunn Møller
  • Petros Pashiardis
  • Gunn Vedøy
  • Vassos Savvides
Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 12)


This chapter aims to explore how successful leadership for diversity is defined, negotiated, and addressed in selected policy documents and culturally diverse schools in Norway , the USA, and Cyprus . The reanalysis of leadership practice is based on data from the International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP) case studies. We will discuss how leadership for diversity is enacted in the ISSPP schools and explore how principals negotiate the balance between honouring student cultures and emphasizing student learning and achievement. These practices are analysed through the theoretical frameworks of culturally responsive leadership (Ladson-Billings 1995a, b; Johnson 2006, 2007) and leadership for democratic education (Møller 2006; Vedøy and Møller 2007). We argue that establishing a dichotomy between an emphasis on social justice and academics is inappropriate, but a narrow conception of student achievement may privilege certain social and cultural groups and marginalize others. Therefore, self-reflexivity is demanded, and in particular in terms of foregrounding notions of power. Finding a balance between honouring student home cultures and emphasizing student learning outcomes does not easily lend itself to quick fixes.


Minority Student School Leader Immigrant Student Leadership Practice Ethnic Minority Student 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauri Johnson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jorunn Møller
    • 2
  • Petros Pashiardis
    • 3
  • Gunn Vedøy
    • 2
  • Vassos Savvides
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.University of OsloOsloNorway
  3. 3.Open University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus

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