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Maxwell, Gerri M.; Locke, Leslie Ann; Scheurich, James Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
An exploratory investigation was conducted into the motivations and leadership traits of five rural school superintendents who over time evidenced a commitment to social justice. This effort meets a call in the research literature by Furman (2012), who noted that "to date, the literature offers few specifics about the actual practice of…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, Social Justice, Resilience (Psychology)
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Hernandez, Frank; Murakami, Elizabeth T.; Cerecer, Patricia Quijada – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
In this study, the role that racial identity plays among Latina school principals is examined through a case study of a principal in a K-3 elementary school. Based on a Latina/o critical race framework and a phenomenological research approach, the study explores the degree to which having a strong understanding of one's racial identity formation…
Descriptors: Racial Identification, Hispanic Americans, Principals, Case Studies
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Palmer, Deborah; Rangel, Virginia Snodgrass; Gonzales, Richard M.; Morales, Vanessa – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This case study on nine bilingual teachers in Texas during their first year in a graduate education program examines both the development of critical consciousness among the educators and the ways in which critical consciousness shapes how these teachers come to understand their roles as teachers and leaders of a sociopolitically marginalized…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Education Programs, Graduate Students
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Carpenter, Bradley W.; Diem, Sarah – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
In the field of education, critical conversations focusing on race and race relations are of primary importance given the continued inequities within our society. Statistically, public schools continue to be racially and socioeconomically separate and unequal. In our continued efforts to address such inequities, this study examines the ways in…
Descriptors: Race, Discourse Analysis, Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership
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Jacobs, Jennifer; Yamamura, Erica K.; Guerra, Patricia L.; Nelson, Sarah W. – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The purpose of this qualitative research study was to understand the experience of graduate students in an educational leadership program as they began to apply leadership for social justice theory through the process of action research. This study used critical race theory to explore dimensions of race, power, and privilege. Findings from focus…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Action Research, Qualitative Research, Graduate Students
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Gray, Nancy L.; Gardiner, Mary E. – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The purpose of the study was to examine educator-peer social relationships within the context of the organization and to consider the role of the school administrator in establishing collegial and caring relationships. The study was a critical collective case study of six educators--administrators and teachers--in U.S. schools. Through interviews,…
Descriptors: Bullying, Peer Relationship, Teacher Behavior, Interpersonal Relationship
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Khalifa, Muhammad – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The purpose of this research is to describe how an alternative school leader taught at-risk students and their parents to advocate for students' educational interests and how this affected students' academic and social success. In social justice leadership literature, parents and students are described as passive recipients of a strong social…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Role, Administrator Role, Self Advocacy
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Mansfield, Katherine Cumings – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The purpose of this article is to share the findings from a 2-year ethnography that examined female practitioners' experiences in the field. The article describes the intentions, discourses, actions, and repercussions of female administrators and teachers working to accomplish social justice for racial/ethnic minority girls from challenging…
Descriptors: Women Administrators, Females, Public Schools, Single Sex Schools
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Venegas-García, Marcia – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
Literature in leadership studies is devoid of knowledge about the unique ways that Latina/Chicana educators engage as leaders, activists, and agents for change. Women's studies, ethnic studies, and Chicana feminist studies alert us to the complex role that social context and the intersectionality of gender, ethnicity/race, and class play in the…
Descriptors: Teachers, Hispanic Americans, Leadership, Activism
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Feuerstein, Abe – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The goal of this article is to explore the various ways that superintendents have responded to accountability-based educational reform efforts such as No Child Left Behind, the factors that have influenced their responses, and the implications of these responses for current and future educational leaders. With respect to the first issue, empirical…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Educational Change, Accountability, Educational Legislation
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Agosto, Vonzell; Karanxha, Zorka – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
We conducted a content analysis of 34 statements of interest submitted by applicants applying for admission to an education leadership preparation program. The purpose of the analysis was to understand their orientations toward social justice. Using Kumashiro's (2000) and Apple's (2001) discussions of antioppressive education, we identified three…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Administrator Education, Figurative Language, Content Analysis
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Scanlan, Martin – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
This study creates life history portraits of two White middle-class native-English-speaking principals demonstrating commitments to social justice in their work in public elementary schools serving disproportionately high populations of students who are marginalized by poverty, race, and linguistic heritage. Through self-reported life histories of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Social Justice, Principals, Biographies
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Stefkovich, Jacqueline A. – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
Providing commentary on this "Journal of School Leadership's" special issue, "Constructing a Bridge Between Law and Social Justice: An Ethical Journey," has been not only a daunting task because of the complex nature of this topic but also a humbling experience because of the superior quality of these articles. At the same time, it is most…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Ethics, Instructional Leadership, School Administration
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Katz, Susan J. – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
Much of the earlier research on women in leadership has told the stories of White women. Since there are very low numbers of superintendents of color both male and female nationwide, there have been very few stories reported of women leaders of color (Brunner & Grogan, 2007). This article describes the leadership issues involved when one Black…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Females, Career Development, African Americans
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Vang, Maiyoua – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
This study investigated educational leaders' critical evaluations of California's landmark contemporary school equity legislation "Williams v. the State of California". Qualitative interview analysis indicated that leaders perceived the equity measure to be necessary but insufficient in advancing the larger project of educational…
Descriptors: Leadership, Educational Change, State Legislation, Program Implementation
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