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School district seeks asst. superintendent who can ‘examine presence of Whiteness’

Can help ‘create and communicate anti-racist structures and systems, interrupt systems of oppression’

A school district in Minnesota is seeking an assistant superintendent who can “actively listen for both spoken and unspoken racial concerns” and “examine the presence and role of ‘Whiteness’ in systems and structures.”

The candidate for the St. Louis Park Public Schools position also must be “open to feedback regarding their own racial blind spots” and “seek multiple racial perspectives.”

Further, the applicant must “foster joy” and “cultivate a culture of accountability for systemic racial equity transformation.”

As noted by Alpha News, the position — which has a “significant influence in how the school district operates” — pays between $134,000 and $201,000 per year.

According to job posting’s “Summary of Responsibilities,” the asst. superintendent also will

proactively support the Superintendent to create and communicate anti-racist structures and systems, work to interrupt systems of oppression, and serve as a role model for culturally relevant pedagogy [and be] unwaveringly committed to anti-racist actions and use data to adapt and sustain their efforts towards racial equity to plan, direct, and coordinate action to achieve the mission and strategic objectives.

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Dr. Carlondrea Hines (@carlondreahines) / XOther requirements include:

— “demonstrat[es] leadership for racial equity”

— is “racially conscious”

— “prioritize[s] their own racial equity journey”

— makes use of “effective restorative practice techniques”

St. Louis Park’s March 18 announcement of Carla Hines (pictured) as its new superintendent notes that her “vision for racial equity transformation is impressive.”

As asst. superintendent of academics and innovation for the Eden Prairie district, Hines was a leader in the racial diversification of district schools. She noted that “targeted questions” for teaching candidates during interviews “help separate those who’ll work successfully with students of color—and other communities—from those who won’t.”

Eden Prairie has several racial “affinity” groups for its school leaders, including those for black men and women, Asian-American women, and biracial individuals.

Hines’ new district of St. Louis Park is a little over half white, 21 percent black, and 12 percent Hispanic. Forty-five percent of its students are proficient in math, with 55 percent proficient in reading.

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IMAGES: YouTube; Carla Hines/X

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