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ERIC Number: EJ819631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
"Making Her Community a Better Place to Live": Culturally Responsive Urban School Leadership in Historical Context
Johnson, Lauri
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v5 n1 p19-36 Mar 2006
This article examines the notion of "culturally responsive leadership" through a historical case study of the life of Gertrude Elise MacDougald Ayer, the first African American woman principal in New York City. I begin by situating Ayer's leadership practice in light of the social and political context of Harlem in the 1930s and early 1940s. Then I compare her leadership approach to findings from historiographies of African American educators before 1960, as well as current case studies of African American women leaders. In the end I conceptualize the "culturally responsive" urban school leader as public intellectual, curriculum innovator, and social activist and argue that leadership for social justice must be analyzed in light of the historical, political, and social contexts in which it is practiced. (Contains 16 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York