Abbott Elementary’s principal Ava Coleman - a contrast for Black female administrators
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Using Mikos’ (2014) film analysis technique, the role of Ava Coleman in the mockumentary sitcom Abbott Elementary is dissected and contrasted to the researched experiences of Black women principals. The research on Black Female administrators provides a starting point of contrast in examining stereotypes and leadership styles. Further, comparisons are also reviewed based on findings of media portrayals of Black women and school principals. All thirteen 23-minute episodes of the series' first season provide the data source for research. Using Hill Collins's (2000) Black Feminist Theory framework, implications regarding the ability of the role to offer a differing narrative of what it means to be a Black woman in educational leadership are realized.