The Integrated Schools Podcast

The Integrated Schools Podcast


Hard conversations about race, parenting, segregation, and inequities in our schools.

We were just in your feeds a week ago with Congressman Bobby Scott, but we couldn’t wait to get this episode out.

Dr. Ann Ishimaru is a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, where her work focuses on the intersection of leadership, school – community relationships, and education equity. With a focus on both formal power structures, and on the more informal power that can come from community, she believes that leadership can play a vital role in creating equitable learning environments for all kids, particularly those who have been historically marginalized in education.

Through her research, which she has documented in a new book, Just Schools: Building Equitable Collaborations with Family and Communities, Dr. Ishimaru highlights four key principals for empowering family and community to drive positive change in schools: Begin with Parents and Community; Transform Power; Build Reciprocity; and Undertake Change as Collective Inquiry.

She joins us to discuss these themes and more.


– Dr. Ishimaru’s book -Just Schools: Building Equitable Collaborations with Family and Communities
– Tips for Collaborating with Other Families from Embrace Race
– Annette Lareau – on Racialized Scripts
– Nice White Parents – from Serial
– John Diamond and Amanda Lewis – Despite the Best Intentions
– Amanda Lewis on our podcast
– Erica Turner’s guide on Equity in Pandemic Schooling

Remember, any book bought through a link here or by starting at our affiliate page on IndieBound supports local bookstores, and Integrated Schools.

Join our Patreon to support this work, and connect with us and other listeners to discuss these issues even further.

Let us know what you think of this episode, suggest future topics, or share your story with us – @integratedschlson twitter, IntegratedSchools on Facebook, or email us

The Integrated Schools Podcast was created by Courtney Mykytyn and Andrew Lefkowits.

This episode was produced, edited, and mixed by Andrew Lefkowits.

Music by Kevin Casey.

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