1st Edition

Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership Reclaiming School Reform

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    A democratic, ethical leader integrates democracy, social justice, and school reform through dialogue and is guided by a sense of responsibility to students, families, and the community. Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership presents a cohesive framework for aspiring and practicing leaders to explore the complex nature of leadership that can support democratic citizenry and social responsibility.

    Organized around the 5 "New DEEL" visions for leadership, chapters illustrate real people who embody these principles. This compelling vision for educational leadership, combined with diverse and vibrant examples of leadership in action, will serve as a critical guide for the rising generation of democratic ethical educational leaders in the US and abroad. Presenting contextualized, practical instances of this approach to leadership, this book will inspire educational leaders to reflect upon their practice and reach their potential as democratic leaders.

    Special Features Include:

    • A unique framework to guide responsible, ethical leadership in today’s schools.
    • A series of case studies help readers identify key leadership qualities in context from which to illuminate their own emerging practice. 
    • End-of-chapter questions encourage exploration of leaders’ motivations, processes, strategies, and lessons learned.



    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Section One: Responsibility

    Chapter 2: Maintaining a Commitment to Democracy (in spite of High Stake Standardized Testing)

    Donnan Stoicovy

    Chapter 3: A Leader Embodied Ethics, Equitable Policies, and a Community of Care

    Judith Aiken, Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin, and Jill Mattuck Tarule

    Chapter 4: A Co-operative Response to Entrepreneurial and Competitive Pressures

    Philip A. Woods

    Chapter 5: The Transformational Leader as a Thought Criminal

    Fenwick W. English

    Section Two: Community-Building Leaders amidst Turbulence

    Chapter 6: The Importance of Building Community: A Preschool Director's Experiences on 9/11/01

    Susan Shapiro

    Chapter 7: The Transformation of a School District from Energy Hog to Energy Star

    Lisa Kensler and Cynthia Uline

    Chapter 8: On Leadership for Community Schooling

    Peter V. Lisenfeld and William C. Frick

    Chapter 9: How Turbulence Can Be Used to Shield or Facilitate Change: A Dean’s Experience

    Barbara S. Di Toro

    Section Three: Democracy, Social Justice, and School Reform

    Chapter 10: Sturm und Drang: Building "The Most Elegant Financing System in the Country."

    William J. Mathis

    Chapter 11: Rebecca Davis: Using the Arts to Make People Think and Remember Issues of Global Sustenance

    Joseph Polizzi

    Chapter 12: Student Voice in School Reform: The Madison High School Youth Governance Model

    Marc Brasof

    Chapter 13: Daanaa Abdullah: Exemplar of Community Leadership

    Quisar Abdullah

    Section Four: Ethical Decision-Making

    Chapter 14: Rachel’s Challenge: A Caring Connection

    Lynne Blair

    Chapter 15: Reclaiming School Reform from Duty to Care

    Valerie A. Storey

    Chapter 16: The Limits of a Single Candle

    Patricia A.L. Ehrensal

    Chapter 17: Mr. Murray vs. Merit Pay

    Peter Brigg

    Section Five: Career as a Calling

    Chapter 18: Moral Courage of Viktor E. Frankl: An Exemplary Leader

    Anthony H. Normore and Jeffrey S. Brooks

    Chapter 19: A Question of resources: How Should Public Education Funds Be Spent?

    Marla Israel

    Chapter 20: In Search of Seamless Education

    Christopher M. Branson, Michele Morrison, and Rachel McNae

    Chapter 21: A Bullied Boy Who Grew Up to Change School Climate

    Roger Barascout

    Conclusion: Sharing Values, Theories, Praxis, Curriculum and Pedagogy

    Contributor Biographies



    Steven Jay Gross is Professor of Educational Leadership at the College of Education, Temple University, USA, and Founding Director of the New DEEL Community Network. 

    Joan Poliner Shapiro is Professor of Higher Education at the College of Education, Temple University, USA, and Co-Director of the New DEEL Community Network.

    "This book is a powerful example of how a committed group of scholars can explore, advocate, and illustrate what democratic, ethical educational leadership means for students, teachers, leaders, and communities. I cannot imagine a more relevant and powerful response to our time; these editors and authors help us to ‘reclaim educational reform by advocating democratic, ethical educational leadership.’"

    --Gary M. Crow, Professor of Educational Leadership, Indiana University

    "This book is for anyone who is concerned about the moral aims of education today. With stories about inspired, ethical, democratic and courageous leaders, Gross and Shapiro remind us that doing the right thing as a leader is always a choice, regardless of circumstances or conditions. This book challenges readers to reassess what we may believe to be insurmountable obstacles to inclusive, ethical, caring, and socially just leadership practices in today's schools. Gross and Shapiro offer new hope to all leaders who struggle to do the right thing in education."

    --Colleen L. Larson, Chair of the Department of Administration of Leadership and Technology and Associate Professor of Educational Administration, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development