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Hello ProfessorA Black Principal and Professional Leadership in the Segregated South$
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Vanessa Siddle Walker and Ulysses Byas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832899

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888759_walker

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Whatever Is in the Best Interest of Kids

Whatever Is in the Best Interest of Kids

(p.159) 5 Whatever Is in the Best Interest of Kids
Hello Professor

Vanessa Siddle Walker

Ulysses Byas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Byas's practices at Fair Street high school in the early to mid-1960s. It shows the ways in which Byas functions as the professional developer in his own school community, drawing upon a larger vision for black education prevalent in his professional development world. Since black educators believed teachers were the key to student acquisition of learning, the chapter demonstrates how Professor Byas implemented this ideology by converting his school into a site of ongoing professional development. In this setting, the national ideology about educating black children became part of local values and beliefs. Long hours, professional talk, and “no nonsense” when it came to educating black children characterized this environment.

Keywords:   professional development, education, black children

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