(Mis) understanding islam in a suburban texas school district

Miriam D Ezzani, Melanie C Brooks

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This case study reports 1 Texas suburban school district s efforts to promote cultural proficiency after leadership trainings and explores how and in what ways this may or may not have improved school leaders understanding of Islam. Terrell and Lindsey s (2009) conceptual framework of Leadership and the Cultural Proficiency Continuum guided the inquiry, which was comprised of constructs that span from culturally destructive to proficient. Data collection included semistructured interviews, focus group discussions, observations, and documents. The analysis of data revealed that the cultural proficiency trainings did and did not influence the cultural proficiency of educators working in the district.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-254
Number of pages18
JournalReligion & Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • cultural proficiency
  • Islam
  • leadership
  • Muslims
  • professional learning

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