ERIC Number: ED329001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Reflections on Leadership by Nevada School Administrators of Colour.
Nelson, Linda, Ed.; Williams, Judith, Ed.
The seven narratives in this document were drawn from the reflective writings of administrators of color involved in the Nevada Project LEAD. Six school principals and one district administrator describe experiences they have encountered in managing ethnically and racially diverse elementary and secondary schools in Nevada. The first and last sections shed light on experiences shaped by such realities of the workplace as a strong organized teacher association; ever-changing political dynamics among school boards, community groups, and school district personnel; a burgeoning student population; rich cultural and racial diversity; parent and community support that can reverse suddenly; and frustrating resource constraints and bureaucratic regulations. The middle section offers personal reflections on what it means to be an administrator of color in public schools and reveals how race and ethnicity shape the school leadership experience. Specific topics mentioned include a clash between teachers and union contracts, involuntary principal transfer, learning to value one's ethnicity, mentors, attempting to change entrenched systems, and the importance of perseverance in striving for change. (54 references) (CLA)
Descriptors: Administrative Principles, Administrator Role, Blacks, Conflict Resolution, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic Americans, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership Responsibility, Minority Group Influences, Organizational Climate, Persistence, Personal Narratives, Power Structure, Racial Relations, Role Models, School Administration, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.; Nevada Project LEAD Network, Reno.