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A volume in Educational Leadership for Social Justice Series Editor Jeffrey S. Brooks, University of Idaho, Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University; Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University; Sandra Harris, Lamar University; Whitney H. Sherman, Virginia Commonwealth University; George Theoharis, Syracuse University The purpose of this work is to broaden the scholarly dialogue in educational leadership and to address the changing role of the American school principal in the twenty-first century with regard to increasing diversity in the United States. This book seeks to provide theoretical and practical insight into the role of school principals dealing with an ever-increasing multicultural student population. We cover an array of issues that we believe are critical in order for the twenty-first century school principal to be effective and relevant. A primary inquiry that needs to be made is: Are school leaders taking seriously the increasing social and cultural diversity in their schools? It is the school principal who sets the tone for the school culture and who provides the vision as to the direction of the organization. We endeavor to help scholars and practitioners have a better understanding of the importance of the diversity of their students, and to give them the tools to appropriately lead schools in ways that ensure all students, regardless of their life circumstances and status, are provided a school climate that promotes high academic achievement and a sense of belonging.
The purpose of this publication is to provide school leaders and other educators with insight into practical uses of data and how to create school cultures conducive to effective data use. Practicing school leaders can benefit from this publication as well as teachers who use data in their classrooms to drive instruction. Another use of this book is for graduate schools that prepare K-12 school leaders. Because of accountability and the importance of data use in schools, data driven decisions and the effective use of data are critical. In A Guide to Data-Driven Leadership in Modern Schools, the use of data as aligned to educational reform is discussed. Accountability and standardized testing are vital elements of reform. The culture must be created in schools to address multi- facets of data use which is presented in Chapter 2 of the publication. The use of data should guide/inform decisions linked to both management and instruction in schools. In Chapter 3, the use of data to inform management is discussed; and the use of data to inform instruction is presented in Chapter 4. Practices of effective management and instructional leadership are obsolete without effective personnel in schools. The use of data in personnel evaluations is explored in Chapter 5.
Highly Committed, Frustrated People Speak UpWho would have thought that so many people would be this enthusiastic about confronting behavioral blind spots? But then it makes a great deal of sense. Today's organizations are filled with highly committed, frustrated people who are ready and willing to take their company to a new level of performance but do not know how.When Fearless Leadership was first released, we received an outpouring of feedback from people at all levels in organizations from managers, staff, CEOs, senior leaders, and small business owners. "This book describes my company and our challenges to a tee," they told us. "Something has been holding us back. With the help of the book, we can now identify our blind spots and do something about them."The Fearless Leadership Workbook & Guide is the result of many passionate people who are speaking up and taking the lid off what is possible in their organizations. We want to acknowledge the many contributions of our committed partners from SaskTel, Rabo AgriFinance, Finning International, CommerceHub, and De Beers. Special thanks go to Kerry Powell and Allison Wills for their outstanding instructional development and contributions to this workbook.We also want to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the hundreds of fearless leaders who have shared their success stories. We have included many of them in this workbook under the heading "learning from others." Their stories strike a chord and inspire us to be fearless. They remind us that even when we are frustrated and resigned, we can make change happen by changing ourselves.You are not alone in the fearless leadership quest. There are thousands of people around the globe who are confronting their blind spots and applying the fearless leadership behavioral strategies and tools.