School District Leaders as Agents of Equity and Public Education Futures


by Zabrina Epps, Fellow, Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education. Abstract Purpose: This study examines education system leaders as agents of equity and future education systems by exploring their perceptions of themselves in the role. Methodology: The research employed in-depth, semi-structured interviews with seven superintendents throughout North America to obtain their perceptions of themselves as equity advocates and of possible alternative futures of their school districts. Findings: Six categories of leader agency (i.e., the capacities for intentionality, forethought, action, and reflection; Bandura, 2006) emerged from the narratives. Recommendations: Educational leadership training, certification criteria, and professional development should integrate [...]