Political Contexts of Educational Leadership: ISLLC Standard Six, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Political Contexts of Educational Leadership

ISLLC Standard Six, 1st Edition

Edited by Jane Lindle


198 pages

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pub: 2014-02-26
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Co-published with UCEA, this exciting new textbook is the first to tackle the ISLLC Standard #6—the political context of education. This unique volume helps aspiring school leaders understand the dynamics of educational policy in multiple arenas at the local, state, and federal levels. Leaders are responsible for promoting the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts in which education and learning reside. By presenting problem-posing cases, theoretical grounding, relevant research, and implications for practice, this book provides aspiring leaders with the background, learning experiences, and analytical tools to successfully promote student success in their contexts.

Special features:

  • Case studies - provide an authentic illustration of the political dynamics that emanate from individual, social, economic, and cultural issues surrounding all schools.
  • Suggested activities - further aspiring school leaders’ understanding of political issues through experiences
  • Companion website – includes shared resources relevant to all ISLLC standards, along with particular activities for ISLLC Standard #6


"A timely book that captures today’s turbulent political environment surrounding education. Future school leaders committed to helping all P-12 students become successful must be effective political actors. This volume provides specific guidance on managing the multifaceted political dimensions of school leadership today."

--James Cibulka, President, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

"This is a well-conceived book that clearly explicates leadership practice to the ISLLC standards, as well as describes the political realities confronting public school leaders. The editor and chapter authors have done a fine job. This book should become standard fare in leadership preparation programs."

--Catherine A. Lugg, Professor of Education, Rutgers University

Table of Contents

1 Politics in Education and its Importance in School Leadership, Jane Clark Lindle and Kenyae L. Reese

2 School Micropolitics in Improving Teaching and Learning, Brenda Beatty

3 The Politics of School-level Community Engagement and Decision Making, Timothy A. Drake and Ellen B. Goldring

4 The Politics of District-level Decision Making, Lance D. Fusarelli and George J. Petersen

5 Politics, Culture, Social Conditions, Gerardo R. López

6 The Politics of Community Collaboration, Bonnie Fusarelli and Cathy Chada Williams

7 The Politics of Interest Groups in Education, Sue Winton and Deborah Gonzalez

8 The School Leader’s Professional and Civic Political Voice, Bradley Carpenter and Sarah Diem

9 Forecasting Future Directions for Political Activism in School Leadership, Kenyae L. Reese and Jane Clark Lindle

About the Editor

Jane Clark Lindle is Eugene T. Moore Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Clemson University, USA.

About the Series

PSEL/NELP Leadership Preparation

This series, co-published with University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), is designed to provide educational leadership students, faculty members, professional developers, and practitioners with a deep understanding of the core functions of an educational leader as delineated by the latest leadership standards. The focus of the series is on school level leadership, and in particular the functions of principals and assistant principals, though chapters may speak to teacher leadership as well.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership