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Getting Into Good Trouble at School

Turn the promise of equitable education into reality.

This is your guidebook for building an antiracist school. Written by two education leaders with very different life experiences, Getting into Good Trouble At School provides the context, empowerment, and concrete actions needed to dismantle racist policies and practices that for decades have kept students of color from experiencing the same success as their white counterparts.


The journeys of Gregory Hutchings and Douglas Reed – which include systemic racism and white privilege - provide a unique model superintendents, principals, school board members and other educators can use to reimagine educational equity, actively dismantle institutional racism, and implement strategic, methodical policies that benefit the entire school community.


In this book you’ll find

  • A detailed case study of antiracist educational transformation
  • What it really means to commit to racial equity
  • Guidance for dismantling tracking and in-school segregation
  • Positive, equitable alternatives to typical disciplinary practices
  • Six steps to building an antiracist school system


Racism isn’t always intentional. Antiracism, on the other hand, must be. Now antiracist education leaders can put their intentions into action—and grant the promise of an equitable and culturally rich education to all students.

Getting Into Good Trouble at School

  • Superintendents, school boards, and district administrators will find:

    • A detailed case study of the transformation that Alexandria Public Schools has undergone
    • Practical wisdom for district leaders who want to dismantle racist policies in their districts
    • Positive and equitable alternatives to the typical approaches to school discipline, tracking, and other systems that (whether intentionally or unintentionally) uphold racist outcomes
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