Topical foci covered in this book span these areas: leading in a continual state of crisis; exploring what we know as intellectuals; identifying ethics and quality in school planning and online... More > learning; speculating on trends in educational leadership from a future-minded perspective; redesigning the doctorate in education degree; utilizing critical friendship groups; exploring cultural competence in U.S. schools; exploring international social justice and professional development in school-university partnerships; mindfully attending to human capital theory and critical theory in educational leadership work; examining charter school leadership challenges; analyzing statewide school assessment at the ground level, and investigating the effects of teacher attendance on student achievement.< Less
We are living through the time when public education as we have known it in America will be forever transformed unless concerted action is undertaken to reverse the trends described in this book. If... More > nothing is done to stop these trends there will be no going back. The great American dream for a common school which would serve all the children of all the people under the umbrella of fostering the common good will vanish forever.
These were the schools in which I was educated and my mother and father worked as public school teachers. They were the schools my own children and grandchildren enjoyed. Our grand children may be the last generation to experience the fruits of Horace Mann’s hard fought legacy when he said toward the end of his struggle for public education, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity” (Messerli, 1971, p. 549.) It is Mann’s admonition that has prompted this book as my NCPEA Living Legend Award speech for 2013.< Less
An Open Letter to President Obama: Chicago Teachers Speak Out on Education describes the greatest challenges facing urban teachers today, as well as lessons learned about teaching children in... More > poverty; detailed recommendations about how our urban school systems can close the achievement gap; teachers' assessments of various reform efforts in the system and in their schools; their analysis of school leadership, climate and morale; the stories of experiences that have moved them the most; and, whether, if given the chance and the choice, they would go into urban education all over again.< Less
This project was borne of a desire to support these scholar-practitioner leaders. We invited educational leaders to share recent studies which brought issues of social justice to the fore. Certainly,... More > the 20 papers that were accepted as chapters for this book do not address all of the problems with which educators are faced. Nor do the 20 chapters provide definitive answers to these difficult issues. However, they do provide valuable information and ensure that thoughtful, reflective dialogue is occurring regarding critical social justice understandings or misunderstandings.< Less