Why This Book?

This book explores Black educational leadership and the development of anti-racist, purpose-driven leadership identities. Recognizing that schools within the United States maintain racial disparities, the authors highlight Black leaders who transform school systems. With a focus on 13 leaders, Black Educational Leadership demonstrates how US schools exclude African American students and the impacts such exclusions have on Black school leaders. Rogers-Ard and Knaus clarify parallel racism along the pathway to becoming Black teachers and school leaders, framing an educational pipeline designed to silence and mold educators of color into perpetrators of educational disparities. The book concludes with a focus on healing, providing the HEART model as a guide to sustain (for a while) within toxic anti-Black educational systems.