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Advisory Committee Chair

Loucrecia Collins

Advisory Committee Members

Matt Fifolt

Boyd Rogan

Tondra Loder-Jackson

Evelyn Nettles

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Doctor of Education (EdD) School of Education


PERCEPTIONS OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEADERS IN SUPPORTING THE ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES IN TORCHBEARER SCHOOLS TRACY HANDLEY BROWN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP ABSTRACT This qualitative multiple case study explored the perceptions of Alabama Torchbearer School leaders in supporting the academic and social development of their elementary African American male students. There is limited research to show how elementary school leaders support their African American male students. My study helped to provide insight into how elementary school leaders support their African American male student population. The study was conducted in 10 Torchbearer Schools in Alabama. The participants included 10 Torchbearer School leaders, consisting of elementary school principals and assistant principals. Data analysis were achieved from each individual case study and accumulated with the other nine school leader case studies. Five major themes emerged from the study which included relationship building, male mentoring, educator commitment, environmental exposure, and student leadership. The five themes presented areas of support given to African American male students by Torchbearer School leaders. This qualitative study may provide principals a better understanding of how to provide academic and social development supports for their African American male students. Keywords: Torchbearer Schools, Critical Race Theory, culturally relevant teaching

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