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Genuine School Leadership
Experience, Reflection, and Beliefs



June 2008 | 160 pages | Corwin
There is a form of spirituality inherent in leading school districts and schools. That spirituality is embedded in human engagement and in the mission of formal education, which is to help students develop their potentiality to the fullest extent possible. Within this process of leading, superintendents, principals, and other administrators encounter this same transforming opportunity. This book explores the spiritual basis of educational leadership. Organized in three parts, the author answers the following questions:

- What does it mean to be a spiritual education leader?

- How should spiritual education leaders engage others?

- How should spiritual educational leaders organize their schools and school districts?

The author offers a framework for readers to analyze their own leadership styles through reflective practice and provides different lenses through which to observe, articulate, andáimprove the values-based underpinnings of their individual work.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Understanding Spirituality for Educational Leadership
Vignette

 
The Purpose for Writing This Book

 
Chapter Objectives

 
The Milieu

 
Human Insights and Spirituality

 
The Perspective of Inquiry

 
The Question of God in Spirituality

 
Neuroscience Research and Spirituality

 
The Problem of Evil and Spirituality

 
Summary

 
Illustration: A Case of Personal Belief

 
Exercise: Too Religious or Not?

 
 
2. The Personal Context of Human Spirituality
Chapter Objectives

 
The Context

 
The Psychological Foundations of Spirituality

 
The Elements of a Personal Spirituality for Educational Leaders

 
Summary

 
Illustration: A Case of Personal Spirituality

 
Exercise: Self-Assessment of Psychological Dimensions

 
 
3. The Nature of Educational Leadership Spirituality
Chapter Objectives

 
The Educational Leadership Vocation

 
The Learning Community as a Conduit to Spiritual Leadership

 
Research as a Form of Spiritual Leadership

 
Summary

 
Illustration: A Case of Vocation and Dispositions

 
Exercise: Assessment, Communication, and Reflection

 
 
4. The Practice of Educational Leadership From a Spiritual Base
Chapter Objectives

 
The Rationale for Spiritual Leadership

 
The Spiritual Dimensions of Transcendental Leadership

 
Culture

 
Summary

 
Illustration: A Case of Leadership Spirituality

 
Exercise: Cultural Analysis Assessment

 
 
Appendix A: Research in Astronomy, Geology, and Physic and Human Spirituality
 
Appendix B: Psychological, Philosophical, and Religious Approaches to Good and Evil in the Human Condition
 
Endnotes
 
Bibliography
 
Annotated Bibliography
 
Index

“Of the numerous education-related publications that I have read over the past 30 years, this is by far one of the most interesting and thought provoking. This book is a contribution to the field, especially for practicing, experienced school principals and superintendents who believe in faith regardless of one's particular denomination.”

Kenneth Arndt, Superintendent
Community Unit School District #300, IL

"I especially like the sections that address the educational leader as one who has a calling to serve. This is the first and only text that has adequately addressed why educational leaders do what they do!"

Jill Gildea, Superintendent
Harrison Elementary School District #36, IL

"A wonderful tool for educational leaders in strengthening the skills needed to survive. More important, the book helps to cultivate leaders' learning communities and develop an understanding at different levels of what it takes to elevate and create schools that are effective in meeting the needs of all who comprise that community."

Gerard Dery, Principal
Nessacus Regional Middle School, Dalton, MA

did not meet expectations

Mr Jim Bagniewski
School Of Education, Viterbo University
January 4, 2010
Key features
  • Reflective practice exercises are built into the book's format
  • Explores the ontological, neurological, and psychological foundations of leadership based on values, beliefs, and ethics
  • Provides an annotated bibliography and a significant number of references
  • Offers rich case studies and an abundance of examples

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1 excerpt


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