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A Leadership Guide to Navigating the Unknown in Education
New Narratives Amid COVID-19

ISBN 9780367563752
Published February 15, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Recognizing that education systems have been temporarily paralyzed in the past and likely will in the future—whether it’s because of a natural disaster or a pandemic—this important volume offers critical insights about how schools can effectively carry forward the mission of educating all children even in the face of system turbulence and disruption.

Featuring Narratives from expert leaders in urban, rural, and suburban school systems, this book explores important questions about the "new normal" such as the ways in which students can and should learn, how educators can teach and lead effectively, and how schools can carry out important functions beyond their instructional mission. Chapters present inspiring stories of leaders and teachers who have rallied, rebuilt, and problem-solved in face of the pandemic and amid adversity, ultimately providing a roadmap for how it’s possible to rebuild and adjust while preserving the fundamental core of education. Full of takeaways and first-hand insights into how systems and their schools faced turbulence, disruption, and adaptation, this book is a must-read for today’s educators committed to making a positive impact on the students they have the duty to serve.

Table of Contents

1. Framing Unprecedented Disruptions  2. Teachers and Leaders Care First for Their Students  3. Short-term Response, Long-term Implications  4. Teaching as We Knew It  5. Supporting Social and Emotional Needs  6. The Roles of Schools and Their Communities  7. Leading Through the Unknown  8. Education in America Will Change

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Sally J. Zepeda is a Professor of Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, USA.

Philip D. Lanoue is an Educational Consultant and former 2015 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year.


"The book's primary objective is to examine the disruptions in education experienced by schools, school systems, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its other objectives are to illustrate the complexities of decision-making; understand how education leaders balance information, political issues, and public opinion; and underscore the dynamics of educational leaders. Zepeda (Univ. of Georgia) and Lanoue, an educational consultant, meet these objectives by offering narratives of school administrators in urban, rural, and suburban school systems. "
- S. Whitfield, Rider University, CHOICE