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ERIC Number: EJ922454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Negotiating Linguistic and Cultural Identity: One Borderlander's Leadership Initiative
Rodriguez, Mariela Aime; Alanis, Iliana
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v14 n1 p103-117 2011
Meeting the academic needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students requires new perspectives on behalf of school leaders. Using the concept of the border epistemology of school leadership, this case study reveals the work of one "borderlander" in a dual-language school. Telling her story through self-reflection, the voices of her teachers and the success of her students, three critical components of effective educational leadership in a dual-language school were identified. These included advocacy, socially cognizant behaviour and curriculum expertise. Implications for school leadership within high poverty and high language-minority populations require the principal's role to become more than supervising curriculum, managing budgets and evaluating teachers but rather one of a "borderlander" who rejects deficit perspectives and promotes the acceptance and integration of all cultural and linguistic groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas