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Journey of Elam: Her Pedagogy as a Public Intellectual

Zorka Karanxha, University of South Florida
Vonzell Agosto, University of South Florida
Donna Elam, University of South Florida


We explore pedagogical moments reflecting the social justice inspired servant-leadership of Dr. Elam in her journey as a public intellectual. Using auto/biographical methods we examine critical moments in her work across contexts: conducting diversity workshops, providing professional development for principals and teachers, and leading district and regional interventions in response to court orders to racially desegregate. We focus her leadership through the lens of critical pedagogy. In the journey of Elam we find an expression of critical social justice leadership that is inspired and empowered by the values of public service, spirituality, and humanitarianism. This auto/biography contributes to our knowledge of educational leadership practiced by Black female educators.

Suggested Citation

Zorka Karanxha, Vonzell Agosto, and Donna Elam. "Journey of Elam: Her Pedagogy as a Public Intellectual" Vitae Scholasticae 28.2 (2011): 65-82.
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