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Horvat, Erin McNamara; Curci, Juliet DiLeo; Partlow, Michelle Chaplin – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
Scholarship on parent-principal relationships often ignores how some parental involvement can create challenges for school leaders. We analyze parent-principal relationships at an urban public K-8 school over a 30-year period, exploring how three different principals "managed" parental involvement. Our analysis reveals how these…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Administrator Effectiveness, Parent School Relationship, Principals
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Auerbach, Susan – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
This article problematizes conventional school-family partnerships, as geared toward narrow school agendas or mandates for collaboration, and documents efforts to lead more authentic partnerships as part of socially just urban schools. Just as meaningful parent involvement needs to go "beyond the bake sale," so, too, must leadership for…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, School Personnel, Leadership, Urban Schools
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Flessa, Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2009
This article presents the findings of a qualitative study of four middle school principals in one urban school district. It focuses on principals' almost exclusively negative descriptions of the families and communities served by their schools. Whereas much previous writing on this topic has attributed such deficit attitudes to a few bad-thinking…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Principals, Educational Administration, Administrator Attitudes
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Auerbach, Susan – Journal of School Leadership, 2007
Parent involvement has increasingly been mandated as a key component of school reform, and school-community relations courses (as well as standards for administrators) call for collaborating with diverse families and communities. Yet the role of school leaders in engaging parents is underdeveloped in the literature and in preparation programs. How…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Restructuring, Parent Participation, Leadership Styles