Applied Critical Leadership through Latino/a Lenses:
An Alternative Approach to Educational Leadership
The aims and objectives of this research were to investigate and better understand ways in which race and gender play out as differences of significant consequence in applied leadership practice. Utilizing qualitative case study methodology coupled with counter-story, a critical race theory approach, the authors analyze data on two Mexican descent educational leaders in the US: one Latino K-6 principal and one Chicana university Dean. Findings indicate evidence supporting positive identity leadership traits as practiced through raced and gender lenses, resulting in effective socially just and equitable leadership outcomes for the participants in the study. These findings are new and particularly relevant as demographic shifts in the US and the world include high numbers of Latino/a and Mexican descent individuals. The strategies employed by participants suggest subaltern ways of educational leadership not previously considered in research and literature. The authors discuss evidence of characteristics supporting applied critical leadership (ACL), an emerging leadership theory, in the leadership practices of the participants. Finally, mainstream implications and guidelines are provided for application in multiple educational leadership contexts.
Educational leadership, Culturally responsive leadership, Latino/a school leadership, Applied critical leadership.
Santamaría, L.S., Santamaría, A.P.. & Dam. L.I. (2014). Applied Critical Leadership through Latino/a Lenses: An Alternative Approach to Educational Leadership. nternational Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS),