Francis High School (pseudonym) was opened in Los Angeles during the 1960s in response the Civil Rights issues facing the African American community at the time. In 2001, after years of declining enrollment, Francis High School became a Jesuit owned and operated school and began operating under the Cristo Rey financial model. Despite its historical presence in the community and its rich athletic and academic legacies, the demand for a dynamic approach to education was imminent. Fortunately, a transformation ensued as the school’s mission, goals, and policies changed in order to become more aligned with their new Jesuit, Cristo Rey identity. This article examines the experiences of three teachers who were present during the time of Francis High’s transition, and considers how their practices and outlooks supported the transformation process for the school community. Utilizing the tenets of culturally responsive pedagogy, this article analyzes their influence on the new school culture.
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Jovel, J., & Lucas, B. O. (2015). Transformation from Within: Grounded Practice of Teachers amidst Cultural Change. Journal of Catholic Education, 19 (1). http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.1901122015