Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Shelley Zion, Ph.D.
Committee Member 1
Monika Williams Shealey, Ph.D.
Committee Member 2
Angela Wright-Mair, Ph.D.
Committee Member 3
Janeula Burt, Ph.D.
Black Feminist Thought, Black Women, Critical Race Feminism, Educational Leadership, Principals, Urban Education
African American women school principals
Educational Administration and Supervision
This study examined the leadership principles, practices, and perspectives of Black women principals serving schools that are populated by primarily Black students. A portraiture of the participants' description of their racial and gender identities was conducted using kitchen table talks, to understand how identity development informed their leadership choices. Through the lens of Critical Race Feminism, Black Feminist Pedagogy, and Visionary Pragmatism, I highlight practices that lend to the development of a theoretical focus that speaks directly to the leadership practices of these Black women working in schools that serve Black student populations: Critical Visionary Pragmatism. Findings illuminate the ways that Black women principals utilize their own lived experiences, double consciousness, and natural inclinations to make pragmatic decisions for the benefit of the students in their school, and in response to the systemic inequities facing their school populations, as a leadership approach.
Coleman, Natoya D., "The work of their hands: Black women and critical visionary pragmatism" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 2929.