Paradox and the School Leader

Paradox and the School Leader

The Struggle for the Soul of the Principal in Neoliberal Times Chris Dolan ... Advocating a post-structuralist politics for educational leadership. ... Interrogating conceptions of leadership: School principals, policy and paradox.

Author: Chris Dolan

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811530869

Category: Education

Page: 234

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This book proposes that paradox, as a theoretically rich and historically enduring concept, has significant potential for researchers in the field of critical leadership studies. By enriching its general form and infusing it with added complexity and theoretical influence, it is argued that paradox can be legitimately applied as a lens for examining and as a pedagogy for realising new learning possibilities. The book takes paradoxes as formed out of the constitutive practices of discourse rather than as representations of conflict or complexity. Using fifteen paradoxes derived from theoretical and empirical analysis, it provides insights into the competing forces that contradict simplistic positivist accounts of contemporary school leadership and reveal the presence of a political struggle for the soul of the principal in the neoliberal era. It considers these paradoxes in three categories: (1) principal subjectivity and authority, (2) neoliberal policy and (3) managerial practice. The book advocates critique, counter-conduct and agonistic thought and practice as resources for principals participating in such a struggle, and employs Foucault's 'care of the self' and 'practices of freedom' to promote more active involvement of principals in authoring their ethical and political selves.
Categories: Education

Ethics and Politics in School Leadership

Ethics and Politics in School Leadership

thE PArADoX oF thE unIonADMInIStrAtIon rELAtIonShIP Having discussed the role of the union leaders, ... The school leader must then recognize that any change initiative is likely to meet resistance from the union even if the law or ...

Author: Jeffrey Brierton

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781475819007

Category: Education

Page: 193

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The authors are national school resource experts and have teamed up to write a comprehensive book on ethics and politics. It covers everything you need to know about ethical leadership and dealing with politics in schools. The book starts with an ethical framework and moves on to politics with unions, administrators, and School Boards with suggested strategies for effective conflict resolution. There are realistic cases in every chapter of the book with the final chapter focused on comprehensive ethical and political cases to test the reader in addressing such issues in the educational or related settings. Benefits and Features of Book: A comprehensive book covering all aspects of ethics and school politics. Each chapter objectives are aligned with the ELCC, InTASC, ISLCC, and TLEC standards used for accreditation and alignment in program content. Many federal and various state data sources are included. Each chapter contains a comprehensive case study and exercises for practical application. Provides a blend of academic, theoretical, and practical perspectives in handling and dealing in ethical and political situations. Several handy resources are included in the appendices.
Categories: Education

The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse

The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse

In using Foucault's discourse to expand the theoretical content of paradox, conflicting possibilities arise. ... In the context of school leadership, the current constitutive work of neoliberal policy discourses (see Dolan, 2020) serves ...

Author: Fenwick W. English

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030990978

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1963

View: 321

This Handbook explores the discourse within the field of educational leadership and management. It provides a clear analysis of the current field as well as older foundational ideas and newer concepts which are beginning to permeate the discussion. The field of educational leadership and management has long acknowledged that educational contexts include a variety of leaders beyond school principals and other school officials such as informal and middle level leaders. By looking at the knowledge dynamic rather than a static knowledge base , this Handbook allows research to be presented in its multidimensional, evolving reality.
Categories: Business & Economics

Resilient School Leaders

Resilient School Leaders

Ben Canada, associate executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards and a former superintendent in ... offered these observations and advice about the reality of paradox: “A core ability for any leader is to be able to ...

Author: Jerry L. Patterson

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 9781416602675

Category: Education

Page: 186

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Blending research with real stories from educators, introduces three dimensions of resilience and describes guiding principles that every educator can live by.
Categories: Education

The Effective School Leader s Guide to Management

The Effective School Leader s Guide to Management

“Perhaps one of the most challenging paradox[es] a leader must hold today is the tension between standards and soul. ... When soul and standards are honored and school leaders ride the paradox, an environment for learning ...

Author: Jane L. Sigford

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781452222653

Category: Education

Page: 233

View: 877

This essential guide for new and veteran school leaders explores 15 vital topics, strategies, and examples for achieving successful school leadership through effective management.
Categories: Education

Paradox and the School Leader

Paradox and the School Leader

This book proposes that paradox, as a theoretically rich and historically enduring concept, has significant potential for researchers in the field of critical leadership studies.

Author: Chris Dolan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811530882

Category: Education

Page: 234

View: 993

This book proposes that paradox, as a theoretically rich and historically enduring concept, has significant potential for researchers in the field of critical leadership studies. By enriching its general form and infusing it with added complexity and theoretical influence, it is argued that paradox can be legitimately applied as a lens for examining and as a pedagogy for realising new learning possibilities. The book takes paradoxes as formed out of the constitutive practices of discourse rather than as representations of conflict or complexity. Using fifteen paradoxes derived from theoretical and empirical analysis, it provides insights into the competing forces that contradict simplistic positivist accounts of contemporary school leadership and reveal the presence of a political struggle for the soul of the principal in the neoliberal era. It considers these paradoxes in three categories: (1) principal subjectivity and authority, (2) neoliberal policy and (3) managerial practice. The book advocates critique, counter-conduct and agonistic thought and practice as resources for principals participating in such a struggle, and employs Foucault's 'care of the self' and 'practices of freedom' to promote more active involvement of principals in authoring their ethical and political selves.
Categories: Education

Human Resources for School Leaders

Human Resources for School Leaders

To understand the role of HRD in a school, three leadership themes are presented: 1. Recognizing of leadership and the paradox of HRD in a school; 2. The organizational of a school and HRD; and 3. The teaching and learning process and ...

Author: Douglas R. Davis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781475837124

Category: Education

Page: 168

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Human Resources for School Leaders contains comprehensive and systematic coverage of all aspects of public school human resource management. Unlike other books focused on this topic, the authors ground their text on "student learning" and outline strategies designed to enhance school climate and culture. The early chapters focus on relevant theories and research supporting current human resource methods- required learning in any educational leadership preparation program. The following chapters take a more practitioner approach as main topics include recruiting, hiring, orientation, mentoring, leading, and professional growth of teachers. The differentiating factors between this text by Davis &Fowler and other texts on the market is (1) the forward looking approach taken by the authors in that they not only exam current 21st century HRD practices but also give the reader insight into future HRD methods in a century dominated by K-12 marketization; (2) the focus on building level HRD systems; and (3) the thorough descriptions of available technology tools that can be utilized to improve HRD systems and heighten quality control through efficient data-based decisions thereby impacting instructional capacity and student learning. The case studies are relevant and relatable, and offer practical strategies and techniques that can be easily implemented at the building or district level.
Categories: Education

Preparing School Leaders for the 21st Century

Preparing School Leaders for the 21st Century

From this emerges a paradox obviously typical of school leaders in New Zealand. They have a far-reaching authority to introduce innovation, but lack time for it. Moreover, they are commonly less accessible for staff and pupils, ...

Author: Stephan Gerhard Huber

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780203006009

Category: Education

Page: 392

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The quality and success of schools depend upon school leadership. Increasingly, in many countries worldwide, this belief has led to designing and implementing appropriate training and development programs for educational leaders. In an international comparative research project, current school leader training and development programs in fifteen countries across Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America are analyzed, compared, and discussed. Preparing School Leaders for the 21st Century provides insights and constructive ideas, for those planning and carrying out school leadership development in different countries and those conducting research in this field. * Part one in the book reflects on roles, tasks, competences, and conceptions of school leadership, exploring the changing context in which school leaders find themselves, focusing on the new demands on the school leaders and suitable leadership theories. * Part two provides a comparative discussion of the various leadership development models, identifying similarities and differences, based on a set of criteria selected and going beyond a mere juxtaposition. In describing common issues and challenges, it also looks for common solutions, and considers what the different countries might be able to learn from each other, and successfully transfer. * Part three identifies current international trends deduced from these programs. Nineteen recommendations for designing future programs are outlined, and instructive examples of best and promising practice are given. * Part four comprises well structured country reports, which provide information about the education system and school system of those countries, about recent changes and their impact on school leadership, about the overall school leader training and development approach.
Categories: Education

Shaping School Culture

Shaping School Culture

Index Paradoxes: bifocal actions to ponder perplexing situations and, (continued) school leaders' work, 258–261. See also Problem solving Paradoxes of school leaders: challenges facing future school leaders, 284–286; paradox of action, ...

Author: Terrence E. Deal

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119210191

Category: Education

Page: 336

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The most trusted guide to school culture, updated with current challenges and new solutions Shaping School Culture is the classic guide to exceptional school leadership, featuring concrete guidance on influencing the subtle symbolic features of schools that provide meaning, belief, and faith. Written by renowned experts in the area of school culture, this book tackles the increasing challenges facing public schools and provides clear, candid suggestions for more effective symbolic leadership. This new third edition has been revised to reflect the reality of schools today, including the increased emphasis on high-stakes testing, federal reforms such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state sponsored improvement programs, and other major issues that impact organizational culture and the role of school leaders. Each chapter features new examples and cases that illustrate persistent problems, spelling out key cultural implications and offering concrete examples of overcoming the challenges while maintaining a meaningful learning environment. The chapter on toxic schools continues to provide the field's most trusted advice on navigating this rocky terrain, and the discussion's focus on how to manage negativity remains especially integral to besieged school administrators across the U.S. Recent years have jolted the nation's school system with a number of new developments that spell problems for the cultural tapestry of schools. This book provides expert perspective and sage, doable advice for administrators tending to external pressures while sustainingor evolvinga more positive school culture. Navigate new challenges including Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and waning confidence and faith Turn around a toxic school culture with confidence and success Foster a culture of passion, purpose, and meaning Adopt a more active form of symbolic leadership to support students, faculty, staff, parents, and community Test scores as the primary metric, relentless reforms, waning public support, and timid initiatives wrapped in bureaucratic packaging: while among the most prominent issues administrators face are only the tip of the iceberg. Shaping School Culture charts a route through competing pressures to help educational leaders hew a positive learning environment for schools.
Categories: Education

The Networked School Leader

The Networked School Leader

Progress, Issues and Possible Next Steps for a Self-improving School System, (London, IOE Press). ... Greany, T. and Earley, P. (2018) The paradox of policy and the quest for successful Leadership, Professional Development Today, 19, ...

Author: Chris Brown

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781838677190

Category: Education

Page: 280

View: 309

Evidence-based and engaging, with key takeaways for practitioners in every chapter, this book addresses the existing knowledge gap about how school leaders can effectively develop, support, and sustain networks within and across schools. It is crucial reading for school leaders, system leaders and education researchers working close-to-practice.
Categories: Education