Latino Educational Leadership

Serving Latino Communities and Preparing Latinx Leaders Across the P-20 Pipeline

Edited by:
Cristóbal Rodriguez, Howard University
Melissa A Martinez, Texas State University
Fernando Valle, Texas Tech University

Published 2018

Latino Educational Leadership acknowledges the unique preparation and support for both Latinx educational leaders and Latino communities needed throughout the education and policy pipeline. While leadership in communities exists for educational purposes, this effort focuses on the institutional aspect of Latino Educational Leadership across K-12 schools and university settings. The purpose of this book is to create a greater collaborative focus on Latino Educational Leadership by inviting scholarly contributions and insights from both established and up-and-coming scholars. Latino Educational Leadership also advocates for the preparation of all leaders as well as the preparation of Latinx educational leaders, to serve Latino communities.

Our impetus on Latino Educational Leadership primarily stems from the changing demographics of our country. As of Fall 2017, Latinx student enrollment in K-12 schools reached an all-time high, with Latinxs comprising 26.8% of the nation’s public school enrollment. Postsecondary level Latinx student enrollment has also improved; rising from 25% in 2005 to 37% in 2015. Given this growth, particularly at the K-12 level, there has been an increasing urgency to prepare and support more Latinx educational leaders. Their rich cultural and linguistic connections to communities help them more readily understand and meet the needs of Latino students and families.

Aside from enrollment growth, Latinxs have made record strides in postsecondary attainment; between 2003-04 and 2013-14, bachelor's degrees more than doubled from 94,644 to 202,412, master's degrees conferred rose from 29,806 to 55,965, and doctoral degrees rose from 5, 795 to 10,665. Despite such promising gains, concern has not waned over how to best address the challenges this diverse student population continues to face in accessing, persisting, and matriculating across the P-20 Pipeline. There is still work to be done, as only 11% of all bachelor’s degrees, 9% of all master’s degrees, and 7% of all doctoral degrees were awarded to Latinxs in 2013-14. In particular, there is increasing urgency to address how higher education institutions can better prepare, develop, and retain Latinx leaders and scholars, who will serve and meet the needs of Latinx college students to ensure their academic success. Thus, the purpose of this book is to advance the knowledge related to serving Latino communities and preparing Latinx leaders.

Foreword, Gerardo R. López. Evolving Latino Educational Leadership: For Latino Communities and Latinx Leaders Across the P–20 Pipeline, Cristóbal Rodríguez, Melissa A. Martinez, and Fernando Valle. Voices of Texas Latina School Leaders, Irma L. Almager, Sylvia Méndez-Morse, and Elizabeth Murakami. Making a Difference: Evidence from the Field, Juan Manuel Niño Encarnación Garza, Jr, and Mariela A. Rodríguez. Latino Superintendent Leadership: A Case of Texas District Leaders, Juan Manuel Niño. Educational Leadership Development: Moving from a Deficit Model to an Ecologically Strengths Based Model for Latinxs, Anthony S. Marín, Merranda Romero Marín, and Luis Vázquez. Moving toward a Reconceptualization of Latina/o Leadership in Higher Education: Testimonio on Meritocracy, Mobility, and Calluses on Our Hands, Magdalena Martínez and Edith Fernández. The Will to Finish: An Examination of Successes for Latinas in Educational Administration Doctoral Programs, Rose A. Santos. Promotoras y Politicas in the University: Developing Culturally Responsive Higher Education Leaders to Serve Latinx Communities, Josie Carmona, Vanessa A. Sansone, Leslie D. Gonzales, and Anne-Marie Núñez. A Testimonio Rooted in the Community: Three Pedagogical Approaches to Develop Equity-Minded Educational Leaders for and with the Latina/o Community, Louie F. Rodríguez. Advocacy in Practice: Factors that Influence Latina/o School Leaders’ Advocacy for Increasing Educational Access for Latina/o Students and Families, Kendra Lowery and Silvia Romero-Johnson. The GO East LA Initiative: Creating a Pipeline for Latino Leadership, Bianca L. Guzmán, Claudia Kouyoumdjian, Miguel Dueñas, Monica Garcia, and Jasmine A. Medrano. Afterword, Mónica Byrne-Jiménez.