Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Virginia Foley

Committee Members

Jean Swindle, John Boyd, Pamela Scott


This phenomenological study examined the experiences of Black teachers in predominately White P-12 schools, and focused on examining the external and internal challenges that Black teachers face who work in predominately White schools. Voices are sometimes ignored or muted in a society dominated by the majority White culture. This study will allow readers to experience the narratives of Black educators who work in these environments. The educators selected for this study were purposefully chosen from predominately White school districts. The researcher interviewed each subject in a semi-structured interview environment to gather data. Results of interviews lead to the emergence of five major themes, which were mentorship, professionalism, exclusion/isolation, cultural differences, relationship building. These findings led to the identification of eleven recommendations for practice and seven recommendations for future research.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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