WHDL - 00014687
WHDL - 00014687
The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of six charter school principals in the Midwest of recruiting and retaining students of color and the other services that their schools offer to attract and maintain students of color. This study looked for meaning and themes within the lived experiences of the principals. This study asked the following research question: What are charter school principals’ experiences to recruit and retain students of color in the Midwest through admission policies or practices, retention strategies, and offered services? The researcher sought to understand through the lived experiences of principals leading students of color in charter schools. Phenomenological research cannot have a predetermined set of procedures but must be guided by the participants. For this reason, the researcher came to understand the lived experiences of each of the study’s participants. The first theme identified was recruitment outreach, with the two subthemes of community locations and purpose and design. The second theme, retention communication, had the two subthemes of progress reporting to students and parents and expectations. For the third theme, other services curriculum, the three sub-themes of art, college and career readiness, and parent education were present. The fourth theme, leadership relationships, had the three subthemes of families, staff, and students. Finally, the fifth theme, school culture self-care, had the three subthemes of pre-pandemic self-care, pandemic self-care, and personal self-care. This study highlights the importance of charter school principals in recruiting and retaining students of color. It illustrates how important their actions are in the school community with the staff, teachers, students, parents, families, and community at large. This study points towards several areas of future research on charter school growth. These include:
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