It Is Simple, But Not Easy–Culturally Responsive Leadership and Social Capital: A Framework for Closing the Opportunity Gap
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 9 No. 4 (2008): Vol-9-Issue-4-April-2008
The article explores social capital and culturally responsive leadership theories as a means to
understand and bridge differences that arise in diverse educational settings for public school leaders.
Issues explored include those related to the educational histories and cultural heritages that students
and stakeholders bring with them to the educational setting. More specifically, the article illuminates
how the merging of social capital and culturally responsive leadership theories as a conceptual
framework for leadership can lead to not only student achievement, but also positive social networking
and relationships among school leaders, teachers, and students. Emphasis is placed on the notion
that in order for school leaders to close the achievement gap, they must first close the opportunity gap.