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ERIC Number: EJ1048009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Culturally Relevant Leadership: Women of Color Leading from the Head's Office
Vargas, Sylvia Rodríguez
Independent School, v73 n4 Sum 2014
In the 1960s, social and political changes in the United States initiated countercultural practices that, in turn, gave underrepresented people greater opportunities in business, nonprofit, and government sectors--including public and private education. As a result, the nation has seen an increase in the number of women and people of color in leadership positions in schools. Still, 50 years later, these groups remain underrepresented. In particular, women of color remain vastly underrepresented in independent school leadership. Today's demographic, economic, and political changes have placed growing emphasis on multiculturalism and the global economy, and these changes have necessitated different leadership approaches toward working and engaging with people of diverse backgrounds. Yet, there remains a carryover 20th-century bias toward men as school leaders. In this article, Sylvia Vargas describes how her recent study of 10 women of color heads of NAIS-member schools contributes to the research on this topic. The study explores how these women exercise their leadership roles in ways that fit well with the needs of 21st-century schools. Vargas concludes that the experiences of women of color heads of independent schools offer much for educational administrators and organizational leaders to consider. Their collective voices, training, and journeys are a tremendous asset to independent schools and organizational leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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