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In the 21st century, elementary and secondary school communities continue to grow more pluralistic across multiple dimensions of diversity, such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Schools—across public and private sectors, rural, suburban, and urban locations, and from early childhood through higher education—play a central role in educating this diverse population. Communities are in dire need for institutions that promote harmony, civil debate, and human flourishing, and schools can play a vital role in this. Confronting international public health crisis exacted tremendous social and economic costs, which were disproportionately borne by members of society already marginalized, such as those living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, and suffering from compromised health and addiction. By fleshing out the distinctions, this book provides school leaders with clear, cogent guidance for enacting social justice leadership.