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And Ain't I a Leader? Exploring Black Female Principals Leadership and Ethics of Care Toward Black Girls

Thu, April 8, 3:00 to 4:00pm EDT (3:00 to 4:00pm EDT), Division A, Division A - Section 1 Roundtable Sessions 2


A scholar-researcher in an Ed.D. program in educational leadership conducts a Qualitative study using portraits of 3 Black Female Principals to investigate the phenomenon of Black Feminist Ethics of Care. The research seeks to investigate and establish a counter-narrative of the impact of Black women principals on the educational experiences of Black children, specially Black Girls. The methodological approach of interviews and a Photovoice reflective journaling were used to support participants in making meaning of their experiences. Project findings indicate how one’s critical consciousness related to their Black identity, work ethic and internalized pressure to conform influenced participant’s Ethics of Care. Project implications include strategies for training and retention of Black Female Principals.