Principals, parents and pregnancy: A case study of school leadership practices designed to engage families facing pregnancy
Fowler, Carla Deirdre
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This qualitative case study focused on contemporary school leadership and parental interrelationships, exploring the relationship, if any, between school leaders and the families of pregnant and parenting urban African American teen mothers in a northeastern city. The social, emotional, academic, and medical perspectives of ways families can continue their involvement to ensure their daughters and granddaughters remain in school was explored. An extensive literature review was conducted on the formal and informal approaches school officials can utilize to connect with families. Parent involvement is not widely investigated in the social science research literature in relationship to pregnant teens. There is a lack of research supported evidence examining practices in a school for teen mothers that engages students’ families at the junior/senior high school level. Understanding what leadership practices are utilized to connect with the families of pregnant and parenting African American teen mothers is a subject worthy of investigation. This study is significant because it will heighten awareness of the ways school leaders can maintain/establish parental involvement in a school based program designed to assist young mothers to complete high school. Regardless of their pregnancy, pregnant teens are just like any other youth, only that the need to formally complete high school is heightened. When our schools reach out to the families of pregnant and parenting African American teens to accomplish this goal, they impact the lives of three generations of a family: grandmother, mother and child.