Black Leaders Matter: Race, Leadership and Education in England

Date: 15th June 2018
Venue: London
Time: 10:45am - 3:00pm

This session of the BELMAS Research Interest Group on Race & Leadership aims to open debate and stimulate discussion of the ways in which ‘race’ is understood and deployed in the theory and practice of educational leadership, as well as in debates about Multiculturalism. As such, it examines ‘race’ within and beyond the experiences of minoritised groups and incorporates ‘race’ as a social construct that applies to all.  Race then, is used as a prism through which to explore and interrogate issues such as: the gaze through which educational leadership research is constructed, monocultural leadership in multi-ethnic education spaces, access to and outcomes for those who participate in bespoke leadership programmes, the impact and interplay of policy on educational leadership theory and practice.

By bringing together academics, postgraduate students and practitioners and those with an interest in race, educational leadership, multiculturalism and education, this session hopes to explore the ongoing ways in which ‘race’ and its intersections are understood within and through organisations. We hope that you find this a stimulating and topical debate. 

Confirmed speakers: Dr Lauri Johnson (Boston College, Lynch School of Education), Mrs Olga Mathews (Postgraduate Research student, UCL) and Dr Kenisha Linton (Greenwich University). Other speakers to be confirmed.

10.45 - 11.15

Arrival and registration

11.15 - 11.30

Introduction to the day (Dr Christine Callender)

11.30 - 12.00

 Dr Kenisha Linton   

Race in Higher Education: The role of leaders in closing the ethnicity attainment gap

12.00 - 12.30

Ms Olga Mathews

Entente cordial: How do headteachers construct a sense of community within a context of social justice leadership?

12.50 - 13.15


13.15 - 13.45

Ms Allana Gay

Teaching while black

13.45 - 14.15

Dr Lauri Johnson

Leading with Their Lives: Pioneer Black Women Head teachers of the Windrush Generation

14.15 - 14.50

Panel Discussion of Speakers (led by Professor Paul Miller)

14.50 - 15.00

Closing comments (RIG Convenors, Dr Christine Callender and Professor Paul Miller)

Introducing our speakers

Dr Kenisha Linton

Dr Kenisha Linton is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Greenwich. Kenisha obtained her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her doctoral thesis examined the topic of equality, diversity and inclusion in the London Metropolitan Police Service. Kenisha is engaged in various collaborative research projects in areas of gender, race and ethnicity, and intersectionality.

Ms Olga Mathews

Olga is now semi- retired. She has carried a wide range of responsibilities at both middle and senior leadership positions, including senior line-manager for science; whole school CPD and Performance Management. Olga enthusiastically embraces the principles of life-long learning, and continues to remain abreast of educational change. To this end she is currently engaged in post graduate research around matters relating to social justice leadership within the UK. She is particularly interested in the ‘leaderly actions’ of headteachers who lead within monocultural contexts.

Ms Allana Gay

Allana is a secondary senior leader now working as Deputy Headteacher in a North London primary school. Her 15 years in the education sector has always been within schools in challenging or deprived circumstances. Allana shares her leadership experiences across the sectors to encourage primary and secondary schools to deepen collaboration.  Allana Gay is the co-founder of BAMEed Network, London regional leader of WomenEd and Academy governor. 

Dr Lauri Johnson

Lauri Johnson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Boston College (USA) where she also directs the college’s statewide doctoral program for practicing school administrators. Her research interests include culturally responsive and race conscious leadership in cross national contexts, historical studies of community activism in urban school reform, and successful school leadership in high poverty schools. As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nottingham (2014- 2015), she conducted a national study of the life histories of three generations of UK Black and South Asian headteachers (1968-2016). She is the currently completing a worldwide literature review on parent activism as convenor of the WERA (World Educational Research Association) network on “Families, Educators, and Communities as Educational Advocates.”

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Registration for this event is free and full venue details will be provided to registered delegates in the form of joining instructions.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Fri 15 Jun 2018
  • Thu 14 Jun 2018
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