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Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

The Empirical, Moral, and Experiential Foundations

By: Joseph F. Murphy

Written by the primary architect of PSEL, educational leadership expert Joseph F. Murphy, this is the authoritative guide to understanding and applying the standards.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506337487
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 360
  • Publication date: January 25, 2017

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Unpack the standards and build a plan for leading learning

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders introduces the foundations of the recently revised professional educational leadership standards and provides an in-depth explanation and application of each one. Written by the primary architect of PSEL, educational leadership expert Joseph F. Murphy, this authoritative guide to understanding and applying the standards explores the new emphasis on:

  • Leadership of learning, school culture, and diversity
  • Values, ethics, and professional norms of educational leadership
  • Teacher quality, instruction, and caring support

Written for higher education faculty, professional development providers, and school and district leaders, the author truly brings the standards to life. This comprehensive manual will power the educational leadership profession through the challenges of the next decade and beyond.

"Murphy offers an exploration of the kind of leadership that matters most for each and every student. Let us hope the thinking reflected in this book and the new PSEL standards redirects our attention to what it really means to lead in education."
Michelle D. Young, UCEA Executive Director, Professor of Leadership
University of Virginia

"Joseph Murphy debunks myths about standards for educational leaders and skillfully unpacks the moral, foundational, and experiential basis for the revised professional standards to guide effective leadership of our nation’s schools. This book is a must read for those interested in leadership for learning and the academic success and wellbeing of students, because these standards will shape our field for the next quarter century as the ISLLC standards have done since 1996."
Martha McCarthy, Presidential Professor
Loyola Marymount University


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Joseph F. Murphy

Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean.

He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002).

His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences.\

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author


1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values

2. Ethics and Professional Norms

3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness

4. Engaged Teaching

5. Constructed Learning

6. Curriculum and Assessment

7. Community of Care and Support for Students

8. Instructional Capacity of School Personnel

9. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff

10. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community

11. Operations: Staffing, Time, and Material Resources

12. School Improvement