This book offers provocations for what’s now and what’s next in educational leadership, simultaneously bringing the field both back to its basics—of equity, democracy, humanity, and education for all—and forward to productive, innovative, and necessary possibilities. Written during the pandemic reality of 2020, this collection shares the global voices and expertise of prominent and emerging leaders, scholars, and practitioners in education from the UK, the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. The authors engage with the complexities and uncertainties of leading in education. They examine research, reflections, and real stories from which school leaders, education system leaders, policymakers, and researchers in the field of educational leadership, can learn, and in which they will find honesty, authority, and inspiration to guide the future of the field.
The new perspectives and hopeful alternatives presented in this outstanding book are essential to researchers, school leaders, and policymakers, and are key to advancing education into positive and democratic futures.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What’s now and what’s next in educational leadership, Deborah M. Netolicky. Section I: Knowledge and Theory of Educational Leadership 1. Back to the future: Recuperating educational administration? Pat Thomson 2. Leading forward by salvaging for the future, Christine Grice 3. Wayfinding: Navigating complexity for sustainable school leadership, Deborah M. Netolicky and Claire Golledge 4. Leading in context: Lessons from Nuance, Michael Fullan 5. Distributed leadership and networking: Exploring the evidence base. Cecilia Azorín, Alma Harris, and Michelle Jones Section 2: Diversity and Inclusion in Educational Leadership 6. Multilevel distributed leadership: From why to how. Asmaa Alfadala, Richard Paquin Morel, and James Spillane 7. 'Deadly leadership' in the pursuit of Indigenous education excellence, Suraiya Hameed, Marnee Shay, and Jodie Miller 8. Leadership, identity, and intersectionality, Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley 9. Women as leaders in education: What works and what must we improve? Vivienne Porritt 10. A tale of two leaders: Reflecting on senior co-leadership in higher education, Karen Edge Section 3: Systems and Structures for Educational Leadership 11. Leading large-scale educational change in the twenty-first century: Educational leadership pre-, during, and post-pandemic, Carol Campbell 12. Educational administration’s paradises lost: A flâneur/se stroll through the futures past, Eugenie A. Samier 13. Schools as ecosystems of leadership: Leading by all and for all, Liliana Mularczyk 14. Leading to liberate learning: Educational change meets social movements. Santiago, Rincón-Gallardo 15. What could education leadership look like outside the system? Annie Kidder, Eloise Tan, and Christine Corso. Conclusion: Educational leadership for all, Deborah M. Netolicky
Deborah M. Netolicky is a school leader, teacher, and researcher with more than 20 years of experience in teaching and school leadership in Australia and England. She is author of Transformational Professional Learning: Making a Difference in Schools and co-editor of Flip the System Australia: What Matters in Education.
"A fantastic collection of brilliant voices about educational leadership from around the globe. A collective reflection and rethinking about education for diversity, equity, inclusion, and democracy. A much-needed hopeful volume!"
-Professor Yong Zhao - Foundation Distinguished Professor at the School of Education at the University of Kansas and Professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
"In an era in which COVID-19 has swept aside old certainties, this timely and important book provides a rich and diverse set of insights into the past, present, and potential future of educational leadership. It provides a range of alternative ways of thinking about its topic, drawing on key principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, and democracy. I would highly recommend this book to scholars, students, and future thinkers for valuable insights into rethinking educational leadership as practice and praxis."
Professor Jane Wilkinson - Professor in Educational Leadership at Monash University, Associate Dean Graduate Research and Lead Editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and History
"In this edited volume, Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Democracy, Dr Deborah M. Netolicky and colleagues offer a treasure trove of insights and wisdom to help shift paradigms in educational leadership. Bringing together and synthesizing cutting-edge ideas in the field, the contributors authentically centre—and celebrate—liberatory leadership and action, and invite readers to imagine new ways forward with hope and commitment. While important in its own right, the message of this book resounds with unprecedented urgency in the midst of the triple global pandemics we are living and learning our way through. Gratitude to all of the authors for their necessary and energizing provocations."Professor Ellie Drago-Severson - Professor of Education Leadership & Adult Learning, Leadership Director of the PhD Program in Education Leadership, and Director of the Leadership Institute for School Change, Teachers College, Columbia University
"The work of an educator has never been challenged the way it is today. Leadership in education during current political turmoil, economic uncertainty, and global health crisis may sound like a mission impossible. But wait, this future-focused volume comes to the rescue for educational leaders from classrooms to ministerial cabinets. It is a must-read for anyone hoping to understand what it is to be a leader in the post-pandemic world."
Pasi Sahlberg - Professor of Education Policy, the University of New South Wales and author of Finnish Lessons 3.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?