1st Edition

Becoming a Transformative Leader
A Guide to Creating Equitable Schools





ISBN 9780367203610
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
204 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This exciting book explores the concept of transformative leadership and how leaders can create learning environments that are academically excellent, equitable, inclusive, and socially just. Grounded in research and real examples, Dr. Carolyn Shields presents an approach to leadership that is engaged, authentic, courageous, and effective in addressing the needs of today’s diverse student bodies. Featuring examples from schools and leaders, questions for reflection, downloadable eResources, and links to useful websites, Becoming a Transformative Leader is an invaluable and practical guide for school administrators, teacher leaders, and district leaders concerned about the uneven educational playing field for students in our schools.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface

Acknowledgments

The Authors

The Work of Transformation

eResources

Introduction. Becoming a Transformative Leader

Chapter 1. Tenet One: Accepting the Mandate for Deep and Equitable Change

Chapter 2. Tenet Two: Changing Mindsets

Chapter 3. Tenet Three: Redistributing Power in More Equitable Ways

Chapter 4. Tenet Four: Balancing Public and Private Good

Chapter 5. Tenet Five: A Focus on Democracy, Emancipation, Equity, and Justice

Chapter 6. Tenet Six: Interconnectedness, Interdependence, and Global Awareness

Chapter 7. Tenet Seven: Balancing Critique and Promise

Chapter 8. Tenet Eight: Exhibiting Moral Courage

Chapter 9. A Voice from the Field (by Angelina M. Walker)

Chapter 10. Transformation Begins

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Author(s)

Biography

Carolyn M. Shields is Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Wayne State University, Detroit, USA.

Reviews

"If you are struggling to engage in dialogue with your staff to address equity, justice, and inclusion, this is your practical guide to frame the discourse. Becoming a Transformative Leader is a must read for school-based practitioners and should be required reading for all district leadership staff. Channel your energy through the eight tenets and leave a generational legacy."
—David E. Lawrence, Teacher, Principal, Chief Academic Officer

"This book provides a pragmatic glimpse into the application of Transformative Leadership Theory – from Shields’ deep experiential perspective, as well as from the lived experience of a first-time principal. Throughout the reading of this text, the reader gains a deeper understanding of why transformative leadership is important by examining the eight tenets of transformative leadership, supported by exercises from which to construct meaning. This book would be an excellent text for any leadership preparation program whose mission is to prepare equity-focused, socially just leaders who are prepared to lead change and improvement."
—Kristina A. Hesbol, Assistant Professor, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver, USA

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