This book fills an educational void in the school leadership literature as it relates to historical, theoretical, intellectual and cultural understandings among those who prepare individuals for leadership in schools and for those who practice leadership in schools attended by significant numbers of African American students. Contributors to this volume are scholars whose research and service in schools have been important in understanding the historical, intellectual and cultural traditions that facilitate and support effective leadership and in schools where African American school leaders, teachers, students, parents, and their communities of support construct effective and productive 'cultures of empowerment and achievement'.
Lenoar Foster was professor and associate dean for administration, research and graduate studies in the College of Education at Washington State University. He held dual professorial appointments in educational leadership (K-12 Administration) and higher education. He passed away just prior to this book's publication. Linda C. Tillman is a professor in the Educational Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Vice President of Division A of the American Educational Research Association. Her research interests include African American principals, parental involvement, and culturally sensitive research approaches.
3 Introduction 4 The Historical Tradition of African American Leadership in African American Schools: 1830-1955 5 African American Educational Leadership: Critical, Purposive, and Spiritual 6 African-Centered Pedagogy and Womanist Caring: Reclaiming Black Children for Success 7 Facilitating African American Parental Involvement in Urban Schools: Opportunities for School Leadership 8 African American Superintendents Narrowing the Achievement Gap Through Organization Restructuring 9 African American Leadership in Urban Schools: Implications for Organizational Structure and Improved Educational Outcomes 10 Caring Leadership for Troubled African American Adolescents: A Case Study 11 Leadership in K-12 Schools for Promoting Educational Aspirations: A Mental Model for School Achievement 12 Leading Change in the Educational Environment: Creating a Culture of Academic Excellence 13 African American School Leadership in a Policy Context: A Tornado of Private Influence and Interests 14 Toward a Praxis of Antiracist School Leadership Preparation 15 About the Editors 16 About the Contributors 17 Index