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ERIC Number: EJ1151040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2014-9018
"We Don't Talk about Undocumented Status… We Talk about Helping Children": How School Leaders Shape School Climate for Undocumented Immigrants
Crawford, Emily; Witherspoon Arnold, Noelle
International Journal of Educational Leadership and Management, v5 n2 p116-147 Jul 2017
The racial/ethnic tensions, policies, and practices in society can be mirrored in spaces and institutions like schools. In schools, sociopolitical discourses can be reproduced and protected in institutional policies. One way K-12 leaders can initiate change and limit marginalization of students is by creating a school environment that accepts and integrates students regardless of legal status. This study investigates how K-12 school leaders influence the school climate to enhance receptiveness for undocumented students and the children of undocumented immigrants. Study findings come from a Conversation/Talk Analyis (CTA) of nine school leaders in K-12 schools in two urban districts in Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. Findings demonstrate that leaders acted to increase students' performance, sense of belonging at school, and their integration and participation in school as paths to producing a welcoming school climate. Leaders' talk revealed they used practices and strategies to reduce barriers between home and schooling cultures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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