192 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
In our increasingly complex world, the turbulent forces affecting educators have become vastly more dynamic, creating complex challenges but, perhaps paradoxically, also unique opportunities. Reframing how to understand the drivers of turbulence, Applying Turbulence Theory to Educational Leadership in Challenging Times provides aspiring and practicing educational leaders with the theory and tools for understanding Turbulence Theory and its application to school contexts. Renowned author Steven Jay Gross explores how you can apply turbulence theory to respond to critical incidents, as well as how to address the tensions across various stakeholders, including the central office, principals, teachers, students, families, and communities. With over 20 innovative, case-based examples and discussion questions, this book explores how turbulence can be leveraged or minimized to increase creative opportunity and address dilemmas in schools.
Part 1: Understanding and Applying Turbulence Theory
Chapter 1: Orienting yourself for the journey into a turbulent educational landscape
Chapter 2: Examining Turbulence Theory
Chapter 3: Applying Turbulence Theory to respond effectively to critical incidents.
Part 2: Putting Turbulence Theory to Work: The Cases
Chapter 4: Central Office Administrators: Encouraging Local Initiative versus Control
Chapter 5: Principals: Democratic Ethical Leadership versus Behaviors of Conventional School Leaders
Chapter 6: Teachers: Individual Agency versus Conformity
Chapter 7: Students: Equity versus a Narrow Equality
Chapter 8: Families and Communities: Citizenship versus Consumerism
Part 3: Conclusion
Chapter 9:Next Steps in Our Journey of Understanding and Applying Turbulence Theory
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