Proposal Title

The Great Black Hope

Presenter Information

Andrea N. SmithFollow

Location

School Choice and Educational Opportunities - Preston 2

Proposal Track

Research Project

Session Format

Presentation

Abstract

Since the conception of education in the United States, schools have been the battlegrounds for equal opportunities among African American students. In an effort to improve educational options and achievement for such students, charter schools have emerged as a popular solution for African American parents. Findings from this study shed light on the experiences of African American parents who enrolled their children in Bass Charter Academy. The level of hope that was evident from the parent narratives ultimately highlights the value of African American parent partnerships as one promising avenue of educational reform for social justice and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Keywords

school choice, education, equity, school choice, parental advocacy, charter schools

Professional Bio

Dr. Andrea Smith is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the University of West Georgia's department of Elementary through Secondary Education department. Andrea received a BS in Early Childhood Education, a MS in Social Foundations in Education from Georgia State University and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. Prior to her appointment at the University of West Georgia, Dr. Smith worked in K12 as a teacher and administrator in which she was committed to an interdisciplinary approach of inquiry and advocacy in urban contexts.

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The Great Black Hope

School Choice and Educational Opportunities - Preston 2

Since the conception of education in the United States, schools have been the battlegrounds for equal opportunities among African American students. In an effort to improve educational options and achievement for such students, charter schools have emerged as a popular solution for African American parents. Findings from this study shed light on the experiences of African American parents who enrolled their children in Bass Charter Academy. The level of hope that was evident from the parent narratives ultimately highlights the value of African American parent partnerships as one promising avenue of educational reform for social justice and culturally responsive pedagogy.