This study identified school leaders who were perceived as having qualities of Enlightened Leadership based on principles found in A Spiritual Dimension of Leadership by Houston and Sokolow (2006). The climate of schools led by these individuals was also examined. The Enlightened Leadership Index (ELI) survey assessed both the perceptions of the principal as an enlightened leader and school climate. A comparison was then made to determine if a relationship existed. The Enlightened Leadership Index Interview (ELII) provided selected survey participants with an opportunity to support the ELI data. Surveys and interviews gathered data from five elementary schools and one intermediate school. Responses from 49 teacher participants were tabulated and analyzed. According to this study, it does not appear that perceptions of a principal as an enlightened leader necessarily have an effect on perceptions of school climate. Of the six principals studied, all had one or more weak enlightened qualities of leadership as per ELI data. However, interview data implied that one principal involved in the study exhibited all six qualities of Enlightened Leadership. Most schools had fairly positive climates, however, the interviewee from School D pointed to poor climate in the past. Though some connections may be cautiously made between areas of Enlightened Leadership to very specific climate statements, there does not appear to be any pattern in the data overall.
The authors are national school resource experts and have teamed up to write a comprehensive book on ethics and politics. It covers everything you need to know about ethical leadership and dealing with politics in schools. The book starts with an ethical framework and moves on to politics with unions, administrators, and School Boards with suggested strategies for effective conflict resolution. There are realistic cases in every chapter of the book with the final chapter focused on comprehensive ethical and political cases to test the reader in addressing such issues in the educational or related settings. Benefits and Features of Book: A comprehensive book covering all aspects of ethics and school politics. Each chapter objectives are aligned with the ELCC, InTASC, ISLCC, and TLEC standards used for accreditation and alignment in program content. Many federal and various state data sources are included. Each chapter contains a comprehensive case study and exercises for practical application. Provides a blend of academic, theoretical, and practical perspectives in handling and dealing in ethical and political situations. Several handy resources are included in the appendices.
Do you feel like our schools only meet the needs of the compliant, middle-of-the-road child? Do you feel like our schools only value certain talents and strengths? Many of the cookie-cutter policies come from politicians who are more concerned about getting re-elected and less concerned about the thousands of teachers trying to make the best of a bad situation. Using the principles of the Tao De Ching could dramatically change the climate of our schools. Applying those ideals could change the way we look at education and could alone produce remarkable results.
This book is a longitudinal life history of the lives and work of primary school principals in Ireland. It provides a unique opportunity to peer inside the realities of leading schools in changing times. In a system that until recently did not prepare principals for the onerous roles and responsibilities, a small system with limited mobility, inter-personal relationships emerge as critical, frequently privileged over professional relationships. Consequently, principals struggle to bring about change, to build trust in order to cultivate a transformative leadership agenda, while several aspects of systemic structures and processes emerge as constraints on leadership capacity building. In the absence of comprehensive leadership portfolio development, classroom teachers, catapulted into the principal’s office, tend to be cautious and careful in ways that tend to perpetuate the status quo while putting a premium on the exercise of soft power and an over-reliance on the good will of colleagues. Several of the ‘leadership lessons’ that emerge from this in-depth analysis concur with an increasing international consensus that due to complexity and increasingly performative policy demands, learning about leadership for all is an absolute necessity. However, care must be taken to avoid overly scripted programmes. Critical to the cultivation of a professionally responsible leadership disposition, rather than capitulation to ‘technologies of control,’ is professional renewal cultivated through adequate attention to the Zone of Proximal Distance.
Pedagogy is at the heart of teaching and learning. Preparing young people to become lifelong learners with a deep knowledge of subject matter and a broad set of social skills requires a better understanding of how pedagogy influences learning. Focusing on pedagogies shifts the perception of ...
Educators today face two major challenges. The first, is to develop an education system which meets the needs of an ever more diverse student population. The second, is to successfully implement such a system. This requires nothing less than a revolutionary transformation of current approaches taken to education. Drawing on research-based evidence and offering over 70 concrete strategies to help educators respond to these challenges, this unique book provides a blueprint for an education system which will recognize the rights of all students, while engendering social cohesion and an equitable society. Broadening the scope of inclusive education, the author presents an ecological model – a system which places children at its centre and acknowledges the impacts of school, community, bureaucracy and society, to maximize opportunities for learning, and see students achieve the same levels of attainment, regardless of their gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, religious beliefs or disability. A timely book which addresses the concerns of teachers and educators around the globe, The Ecology of Inclusive Education will give its readers the knowledge and confidence they require to meet the needs of each and every learner.
Covers contemporary concepts in leadership and management and their application to nursing practice ranging over a wide number of current topics such as change management, research-based practice, shared governance, development and leadership of staff, quality of work life issues etc. Authors from Australian Universities.