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ERIC Number: EJ794789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 89
Building Community in an Urban School District: A Case Study of African American Educational Leadership
Brown, Lionel H.; Beckett, Kelvin S.
School Community Journal, v17 n1 p7-32 Spr-Sum 2007
This case study contributes to a small but growing literature on African American educational leadership. Previous studies have shown that, building on a history of segregated schools for Black students staffed by Black teachers in which strong school-family-community relations were essential for the survival of their schools, Black principals understand the predominantly disadvantaged African American students and families they serve and communicate well with them. The danger of this analysis in the present context of urban diversity is that it leaves open the question of whether Black educational leaders understand and communicate well with other ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic groups. The present study shows how an African American principal, building on a practice of school and community leadership in separate Black education that involved extensive engagement with White school district officials and other individuals and groups, was able to facilitate communication between disadvantaged Black families and middle-class White teachers and school district officials, with the result that all stakeholders worked together effectively to develop policies and programs that improved student behavior and academic achievement.
Descriptors: Community Leaders, African American Students, Urban Schools, Student Behavior, Disadvantaged, African American Education, School Districts, Community Relations, Instructional Leadership, Academic Achievement, Case Studies
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