Convictions of Conscience

How Voices From the Margins Inform Public Actions and Educational Leadership

Edited by:
Brenda J. McMahon, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Lisa R. Merriweather, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

A volume in the series: Issues in the Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice of Urban Education. Editor(s): Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University. William S. Ankomah, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada.

Published 2019

Convictions of Conscience: How Voices From the Margins Inform Public Actions and Educational Leadership seeks to help educational leaders to develop the competencies and capacities required to create socially just and equitable schools. It is for educational leaders interested in transforming systems and decolonizing education rooted socially, structurally and ideologically in hegemony. This edited volume promotes the questioning of assumptions embedded in neoliberal new managerialism practices that often undergird the preparation and training of school leaders. New managerialism in higher education seeks to understand the market forces in order to cater to the idiosyncratic, often self-promoting needs and interests of the few and seeks to respond with programs and policies aligned with those forces and interest.

This volume suggests that the confluence of context, theory and pedagogical strategies within the field of educational leadership should inform curricular decisions in educational leadership preparation programs and such programs should be designed to prepare school leaders as both activists and advocates for marginalized students, parents, communities, and staff. Convictions of Conscience is a call on educational leaders who are committed to success for all students to reject new managerial approaches at all levels of educational leadership and is an invitation to expand their emphasis to concerns rooted in human context, particularly identity politics. Towards this end a decolonizing philosophically grounded practice of educational leadership that disrupts static relations within the structures of power is required to move toward a more socially just praxis.

The chapter authors seek to problematize understandings of diversity and inclusion by emphasizing the integral role of equity and social justice as critical dimensions of human relationships. Additionally chapter authors intentionally interrogate the socio-cultural dimensions that affect educational leaders.

Dedication. Foreword, Greg Wiggan. Series Editors’ Preface, Denise E. Armstrong. Introduction: Decolonizing Educational Leadership for Social Justice, Brenda J. McMahon and Lisa R. Merriweather. African American Activism and the Struggle for Educational Achievement and Leadership: A Historical Perspective, Brian K. Corpening and William C. Frick. Relational-Cultural Theory: Using Counseling Principles to Cultivate Inclusive Leaders, Ami Camp and Sejal Parikh Foxx. Social Justice Relationships: Embracing a Process of Searching and Unfinishedness, Juan Manuel Niño, Encarnación Garza, Jr., and Amanda Jo Cordova. The Influence of Administrative Leadership on Racial Disparities in School Discipline: A Closer Look at White Male Principals, Bettie Ray Butler and Nicholas P. Triplett. Dilemmas and Contradictions: Police on Campus and the Learning Environment, Eric M. Feldman and Tonette S. Rocco. Centering Cultural Responsiveness in the Evaluation of Community-Based Education: Towards Genuine Accountability, Thomas Archibald, Natalie E. Cook, and Rodney Hopson. Standing with the Demonized: Empowering Gang-Labeled Latino Youth, César A. Cruz and Tracey Benson. Learning Through Photo-Essay Creation: Identity of Working-Class Immigrants, Kyung-Hwa Kay Yang. The Influence of Neoliberalism and New Managerialism on ESL Programming and Instruction in Community Colleges, Raul W. Cantu and Ann K. Brooks. Teachers as Leaders: Accountability Era School Leadership and the Limits of Democratic Participation, Jessica Holloway, Jessica Kerr, and Jeffrey Zacharakis. About the Authors.