As previously stated in the research paper, there is a social injustice within the education realm. It’s haunted by its history and its unclarity in the future. To be specific, the social justice here is under representation. Minorities are underrepresented in leadership roles and administration. Perhaps the greatest problem surrounding this injustice is that we are just unaware of how important it is to be properly represented in these roles, and how important it was to be represented in those roles. To address this issue, I plan to make an app for smart phones. Smart phones are the ultimate tool. However, most people, especially young adults, do not prefer to have to search all around for important information. They’d rather have it “pushed” to them.
This app will utilize the internet and it’s ability to gather information and bring it right to your screen instantly. This application is intended for high school students, college students, and recent graduates; as these are the people who are looking for jobs. The app will operate similar to popular dictionary apps work on iOS and Android respectively. Similar to how the dictionary app provides a “word for the day”, this app will provide a prominent black administrator for the week past or present. It will detail where they work, and what major work they have done. This could be seen as romanticizing the position(s). An addition to providing information about prominent black admins now and then weekly, a searchable database within the app that uses location based technology from the smartphone, will help detail where one can find educational institutions that have open administrative positions, as well as the most and least diverse student bodies as well. To make the secondary feature more powerful, a possible connection with Indeed or LinkedIn could work to bring a social media aspect as well as a job board aspect to the application as well. Which fits into the mission of the app.
As previously referenced, the scholarly works of Jerlando F.L. Jackson (A Crisis At The Top: A National Perspective) details why this app is needed. “An examination of the status for African American in leadership positions is needed to help facilitate the development and advancement for the next generation of leaders.” (Jackson, 2004). What better way to help that then by providing weekly information about prominent leaders and providing a search database to help hire the next? Also in a joint work from Khaula Murtadha and Daud Malik Watts(Linking the Struggle for Education and Social Justice: Historical Perspectives of African American Leadership In Schools). “African American educational leaders then worked to overcome these barriers and pushed to bring Black leaders of education and their staff to the forefront. However, these stories and accounts have not been incorporated into the literature of school administration, leadership, reform and change.” (Murtadha and Watts, 2005). Again, a lack of awareness can be remedied by making that information readily available even outside of the school system, especially because today’s technology allows for us to learn without ever stepping foot into a classroom.
There is a flaw in this application concept. Ironically, it is visibility. The Apple App Store and Android Marketplace have matured to hold over one million and then some; applications. It is hard for apps that are not established or a viral hit to make it to the front pages of these app stores. And also the rating systems are at the mercy of public opinion and that could bring complications as well. However, if the application brings any sort of measurable result then the application is a success.
-Murtadha, Khaula and Watts, Daud Malik, Linking the Struggle for Education and Social Justice: Historical Perspectives of African American Leadership in Schools. Retrieved (2015, February, 15) from http://eaq.sagepub.com/content/41/4/591.abstract
-Jackson, Jerlando F.L.  A Crisis At The Top: A National Perspective. Retrieved (2015, February, 15) from http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3211255?sid=21105869691133&uid=70&uid=4&uid=2129&uid=3739256&uid=3739664&uid=2