Terri N. Watson

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Main Affiliation

School of Education

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Learning, Leadership, and Culture

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • School Leadership for Social Justice
  • Urban School Leadership
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Black Feminist Theory / Motherwork

Building

North Academic Center

Office

4/218B

Phone

212-650-5605

Terri Watson

Terri N. Watson

Profile

Terri N. Watson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership and Human Development at The City College of New York. A Harlem native, her research examines effective school leadership and is aimed to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of historically excluded and underserved students and families. Dr. Watson is the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Educational Administration and History (Taylor & Francis Group) titled, A Seat at the Table: Examining the Impact, Ingenuity, and Leadership Practices of Black Woman and Girls in PK – 20 Contexts (Publication Date: Summer 2020).

Dr. Watson’s scholarship may be found in the following journals and books: the Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis & Research (Inaugural Edition), Urban Education, The Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, The School Community Journal, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and in the books, Whiteucation: Privilege, Power, and Prejudice in School and Society (Routledge), Racially and Ethnically Diverse Women Leading Education: A World View (Emerald Publishing), and Educational Leadership and Music: Lessons for Tomorrow’s School Leaders (Information Age Publishing).

Publications

Special Issue of a Journal 

Watson, T. N. (Ed.). (Publication Date - Summer 2020). A Seat at the Table: Examining the impact, ingenuity, and leadership practices of Black women and girls in PK – 20 Contexts. Journal of Educational Administration and History.

Davis, L.P., Crenshaw, K.W., Davison, C. H., & Watson, T. N. (Eds.). (2016). Editorial introduction. Why we can’t wait: (Re)Examining the opportunities and challenges for Black women and girls in education. The Journal of Negro Education, 85(3) 194-198.

 

Refereed Journal Articles 

Watson, T. N. (2018). Zero tolerance school discipline policies and Black girls: The (un)intended consequences. Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis & Research, 167 – 187.

Brooks, J.S., & Watson, T.N. (2018). School leadership and racism: An ecological perspective. Urban Education. 1 – 25.

Watson, T. N. (2017). Effective school leadership and New York City’s immigrant and migrant children: A study. The International Journal of Educational Management. 31(5), 622 – 632.

Beachum, F. D., & Watson, T. N. (2017). The rebirth: Can we live? Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. 20(2), 1 – 10.

Watson, T. N. (2016). “Talking Back”: The perceptions and experiences of Black girls who attend City High School. The Journal of Negro Education, 85(3), 239-249.

Watson, T. N., & Bogotch, I. (2016). (Re)Imagining school as community: Lessons learned from teachers. The School Community Journal, 26(1), 93–114. 

Watson, T. N.,  & Rivera-McCutchen, R. (2016). #BlackLivesMatter: A call for transformative leadership. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 19(2), 3–11.

Watson, T. N., & Bogotch, I. (2015). Reframing parent involvement: What should urban school leaders do differently? Leadership and Policy in Schools, 14(3), 257-278.

Rivera-McCutchen, R., & Watson, T. N. (2014). Leadership for social justice: It is a matter of trust. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 17(4), 54 – 65.

Obiakor, F., Watson, T. N., & Beachum, F. (2014). The convergence of multicultural education and the 2012 London Olympics: What school leaders should know. Global Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3(4), 210-216.

Harrell, J., & Watson, T. N. (2014). Instructional coaching: A model for professional development in the common core era. Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership, 1(13), 1-27.  

Watson, T. N., & Hartman, H. (2013). Transformational leaders who practice metacognition. The Professional Journal: The New York Academy of Public Education, 8-11.

Watson, T. N., & Brown, K. (2010). A public relations nightmare: ACLU class action lawsuit exposes inaccurate and inequitable high school graduation rates. Journal of Public Relations, 31(4), 342-357.


 

Books

Watson, T. N., Brooks, J. S., & Beachum, F.D. (Eds.). (2017). Educational leadership and music: Lessons for tomorrow’s school leaders. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Watson, T. N., & Normore, A. (Eds.). (2016). Racially and ethnically diverse women leading education: A world view. United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.


 

Book Chapters

Watson, T. N. (2018). Black girls, White privilege, and schooling. In J.S. Brooks & G. Theoharis (Eds). (2018). Whiteucation: Privilege, power, and prejudice in school and society. (pp. 116 – 131). New York: Routledge.

Watson, T. N. (2017). Lessons from school leaders from Sister Sledge:“We are family”. In T. N. Watson, J.S. Brooks, & F. D. Beachum (Eds.). (2017). Educational leadership and music: Lessons for tomorrow’s school leaders  (pp. 275 – 282). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Watson, T. N., Hodgins, D. W., & Brooks, J. S. (2016). Paradigm shift or paradigm statis? An analysis of research on U.S. women in leadership from 1980 – 2004.  In T. N. Watson & A. Normore (Eds.). (2016). Racially and ethnically diverse women leading education: A world view (pp.1 – 22). United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.

Watson & A. Normore (Eds.). (2016). Racially and ethnically diverse women leading education: A world view (pp.1 – 22). United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.

Watson, T. N. (2013). Using critical spirituality to sustain African American educational leaders: Looking back to the future. In E. Lyle (Ed.), Bridging theory & practice divide: Pedagogical enactment for socially just education (pp. 55-71). Big Tancook Island, NS: Backalong Books.

Watson, T. N., & Sughrue, J. (2013). Who’s zoomin' who? A critical race analysis of Florida’s public high school graduates. In J. S. Brooks & N. W. Arnold (Eds.), Confronting racism in higher education: Problems and possibilities for fighting ignorance, bigotry and isolation (pp. 181-204). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.



 

Blog Posts

Watson, T. N. (2019, September 7). The problem with colorblindness and other misnomers. Retrieve from (http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2019/09/the_colorblindness_of_schools_has_failed_children_of_color.html)

Watson, T. N. (2019, April 4). A love letter to Babette Edwards: Harlem’s “Othermother.”  Retrieve from https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/a-love-letter-to-babette-edwards-harlems-othermother.

Watson, T. N. (2019, February 24).‘Holla If You See Us’: Black Girls in spaces we call schools. Retrieve from http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2019/02/response_holla_if_you_see_us_black_girls_in_spaces_we_call_schools.html

Watson, T. N. (2019, February 21). How should schools and districts respond to discipline disparities affecting Black girls? Retrieve from http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2019/02/how_should_schools_respond_to_discipline_disparities_affecting_black_girls.html

Watson, T. N. (2013, August 17). Tending our gardens. Retrieve from  http://cpowellschoolblog.org/tag/education/

 


Casebook Entry

Watson, T. N. (2015). Managing to lead. In L. Sadeghi & K. Callahan (Ed.), Educational leadership in action: a casebook for aspiring educational leaders. (p. 191) New York: Routledge.


 

Encyclopedia Entries

Watson, T. N. (2016). High school graduation rates. In K. Lomotey (Ed.), Education: PK-12 and higher education volume of the Contemporary issues for people of color: Living, working and learning in the U.S. (pp. 156 – 166). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Watson, T. N. (2016). Busing. In K. Lomotey (Ed.), Education: PK-12 and higher education volume of the Contemporary issues for people of color: Living, working and learning in the U.S. (pp. 404 – 407). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, ABC-CLIO, LLC.

 

Additional Information

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

The Journal of Negro Education, Editorial Board, 2015 - Present

Journal of Research on Leadership Education, Editorial Board, 2015 - 2018

Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Editorial Board, 2014 – 2018

American Educational Research Association, Division A: Program Committee, 2016 

New York City Department of Education, Division of Family and Community Engagement
Education Council Member, Citywide Council on High Schools (Manhattan)

Fall 2013 - Spring 2015

HONORS & AWARDS

2020                Faculty Lead. Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. The Graduate Center. The City University of New York.

2017                CUNY Book Completion Award. The City University of New York.

2017                Citation / Certificate of Appreciation (for The G.O.O.D. Project) received from Gale A. Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan.

2016                Mellon Faculty Fellow, The City University of New York.

2015                Article of the Year (Reframing parent involvement: What should urban school leaders do differently?) Leadership and Policy in Schools.

2014                Faculty Mentor Award. Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, The City College of New York.

2013                Fellow. The Colin Powell Center’s Public Scholarship Program.

The City College of New York

2010                Outstanding Dissertation Award, School of Education, Florida Atlantic University.

2008                Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Fellow, American Educational Research Association.

2008                Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, University Council for Educational Administration.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS & MENTIONS

2020    Interview. Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Universities must cultivate race-conscious policies to address historical inequities
(https://diverseeducation.com/article/163844/)

2019    Mention. Fordham GSE News, Professor shares powerful lesson on “Motherwork” during Barbara L. Jackson Lecture
(https://gse.news.fordham.edu/blog/2019/11/06/professor-shares-powerful-lesson-on-motherwork-during-barbara-l-jackson-lecture/)

2019    Interview. In my classroom, I don’t see color, I don’t see race. What’s the problem
(https://www.bamradionetwork.com/track/in-my-classroom-i-dont-see-color-i-dont-race-whats-the-problem/)

2019    Interview. What every White teacher needs to know about teaching Black girls
(https://www.bamradionetwork.com/track/what-every-white-teacher-needs-to-know-about-teaching-black-girls/)

2018    Interview. Diverse Issues in Higher Education, “A Harlem Daughter Gives Back”
(https://diverseeducation.com/article/118818/)

2016    Interview. NYSUT: A Union of Professionals, “5 questions for Terri Watson”
(http://www.nysut.org/news/nysut-united/issues/2016/april-2016/5-questions-for-terri-watson)

2016    Interview. EdCast with Dr. Linda Hirsch, “Black Girls in School: Wanting to Belong”
(http://www.cuny.tv/show/edcast/PR2005482)

2016    Interview. Education Week, “On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools”
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY4O96EN4to)

Videos:

Talking Back: The Perceptions and Experiences of Black Girls Who Attend City High School

Practices of urban school leaders on children and communiteis of color (subsciption required)

High school graduation rates: Critical Race Theory analysis (subsciption required)