Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership
Reclaiming School Reform
Routledge – 2016 – 208 pages
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.
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"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
Chapter 1: Introduction
Section One: Responsibility
Chapter 2: Maintaining a Commitment to Democracy (in spite of High Stake Standardized Testing)
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
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
Chapter 12: Student Voice in School Reform: The Madison High School Youth Governance Model
Chapter 13: Daanaa Abdullah: Exemplar of Community Leadership
Section Four: Ethical Decision-Making
Chapter 14: Rachel’s Challenge: A Caring Connection
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
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?
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
Conclusion: Sharing Values, Theories, Praxis, Curriculum and Pedagogy
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.