African-American Principals: School Leadership and Success

African-American Principals: School Leadership and Success

African-American Principals: School Leadership and Success

African-American Principals: School Leadership and Success

Synopsis

This groundbreaking study fills a significant gap in educational research literature as it explores the problem of persistent and pervasive underachievement by African-American students in the public schools of the United States. Teacher quality, school resources, socio-economic status of students, cultural relevance of curriculum, and school leadership are a few of the factors that contribute to achievement or the lack of it by these students. Lomotey focuses on the impact of the African-American principal's leadership, its effect on the academic achievement of African-American students, and the day-to-day activities associated with school leadership.

Excerpt

For nearly twenty years I have been deeply concerned with the persistent and pervasive underachievement of African- American students in America's public schools. To attempt to explain the underlying reasons is overwhelming to say the least. The causes are numerous, including the quality of teachers, the adequacy of school resources, the socioeconomic status of the students, the cultural relevance of the curriculum, and the quality of school leadership. In this book I investigate the impact of school leadership--specifically the principal's leadership--on the academic achievement of African- American students.

This book will be useful to educational administration students. In it I consider the recent literature on instructional leadership (or instructional management) and offer a fresh definition of the concept. I then describe how the principals in a given sample demonstrate this configuration of instructional management. Educational administration students will also benefit from a discussion of three additional qualities which the principals in the sample held in common--compassion, commitment, and confidence.

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