Decoteau J. Irby helps leaders create conditions for anti-racist organizational learning and continuous improvement. His research examines equity-focused school leadership and how it can be used to improve Black children and youth's academic achievement and socio-emotional well-being. He is an Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, self-taught musician, and devoted husband and father.
An incisive case study of changemaking in action, Stuck Improving analyzes the complex process of racial equity reform within K–12 schools. Author Decoteau J. Irby emphasizes that racial equity is dynamic, shifting as our emerging racial consciousness evolves and as racism asserts itself anew. Those who accept the challenge of reform find themselves “stuck improving,” caught in a perpetual dilemma of both making progress and finding ever more progress to be made. education learning and education racial equity and school leadership.