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Community Leadership: Seeking Social Justice while Re-creating Public Schools in post-Katrina New Orleans
International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (In)Justice (2013)
  • Brian R. Beabout, University of New Orleans
Abstract
As New Orleans becomes an important reform model, many have been attracted to the simplistic logic of decentralized, market-based educational reforms that assume easily articulated and quantified goals and rational actors. In an effort to reclaim a role for social justice is such an environment, this chapter assumes the position that educational leadership for social justice must prioritize community engagement, indeed community leadership, if it is to be both sustainable and just. Guided by scholarship on the ethic of community (Furman, 2004; Furman & Shields, 2003; Shields & Seltzer, 1997), it begins with a history of the Morris Jeff Community School, followed by a series of cantankerous contradictions which highlight points of conflict between community leadership and many features of the currently popular market-based reforms (heroic vs. democratic leadership, competition vs. systemic improvement, state vs. localized goals, and teacher leadership vs. teacher churn). The analysis concludes that urban schools need leaders with expertise rather than expertism and that the development of adult leadership within our urban communities may provide the best hope of reconnecting social justice to the work of educational leaders.
Keywords
  • Katrina,
  • New Orleans,
  • Community Leadership,
  • Morris Jeff Community School
Publication Date
2013
Editor
Ira Bogotch & Carolyn M. Shields
Publisher
Springer
Series
Springer International Handbooks of Education
Citation Information
Brian R. Beabout. "Community Leadership: Seeking Social Justice while Re-creating Public Schools in post-Katrina New Orleans" Dordrecht, NetherlandsInternational Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (In)Justice (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/beabout/12/