The Courage of Educational Leaders

Connolly, Mike
May 2008
Principal;May/Jun2008, Vol. 87 Issue 5, p68
The author talks about the courage of educational leaders. He explains that educational leaders face tests of courage from community members who say they value education but do not respect the judgment and professionalism of teachers. Situations in school that show teachers' courage such as handling of high-maintenance parents and out-of-control kids are mentioned. The author adds that courage must be given notice in the teaching profession in the same way that other leadership qualities such as vision, focus and trust are recognized.


Related Articles

  • Creating Positive School Climates. Payne, Marion Johnson; Conroy, Scott; Racine, Lisa // Middle School Journal;Nov1998, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p65 

    The article focuses on the strategy to establish and maintain a positive school climate. A friendly learning environment is often manifested in community involvement, high percentage of attendance, optimistic attitudes of teachers, students, and parents, as well as participation in school...

  • Grow Your Own Teachers. Ramirez, Eddy // U.S. News & World Report;10/22/2007, Vol. 143 Issue 14, p67 

    This article reports on the effectiveness of teachers who live in the area of the schools where they teach. Illinois has began an program to train and hire local residents to slow down the high turnover rate of out-of-town teachers. The success of such programs hinges on funding from private...

  • Bringing Others into Us: School Leadership Meeting the Politics of Identity. Billot, Jennie // International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities;Sep2007, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p85 

    How does a school maintain a sustainable identity within the rapidly changing society in which it is positioned? As a result of global migrations of people, the demographics of societies are changing and creating increasingly diverse communities, resulting in a challenging context for school...

  • Race, Racism and Discrimination in School Leadership: Evidence from England and South Africa. Bush, Tony; Moloi, Kholeka // International Studies in Educational Administration (Commonwealt;2007, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p41 

    Black and minority ethnic leaders (BMEL) are greatly under-represented in English schools. About nine percent of pupils are from minority backgrounds but only five percent of teachers are from BMEL backgrounds and the proportion of leaders is believed to be lower, although national statistics...

  • Educational Leadership: The Curious Blend. Cunningham, Luvern L. // Education Digest;May1976, Vol. 41 Issue 9, p6 

    Presents views of the author on educational leadership in the U.S. Report that school systems are bureaucracies saturated with inertia and in their present forms almost unmovable; Escalation of tensions and frustrations between and among teachers, administrators, and other school professionals;...

  • LETTERS. Vieth, Linda J.; Sarasin, Lynne M. Celli; Harbron, William R.; Rothstein, Dan; McKee, Michael L.; Karadimos, Mark; Mawdsley, Jack K. // School Administrator;Aug2008, Vol. 65 Issue 7, p4 

    The article presents several letters to the editor in response to articles in the April 2008 issue, including "Strategic Communication During Times of Great Change," by Francis Duffy, "It's the System, Not the Staff, That Needs a Tuneup," by Lee Jenkins, and "Helping a Community Rethink Its...

  • Developing Principals As Instructional Leaders. Fink, Elaine; Resnick, Lauren B. // Phi Delta Kappan;Apr2001, Vol. 82 Issue 8, p598 

    Focuses on the role of school principals as instructional leaders, with a focus on Community School District 2 in New York City. Description of the organizational divisions in many school districts; Why principals often spend more time on administrative tasks than in the classroom; How...

  • For Better Schools and for Civic Life, Boards Must Assert Power. Meyer, Peter // Education Week;10/14/2009, Vol. 29 Issue 7, Special section pS15 

    The article offers the author's opinion on the importance of school boards. He discusses what he has learned about educational leadership as a school board member, which includes the boards being overtaken by educational bureaucracy. The author believes that this bureaucracy is what makes people...

  • Sharing the Wisdom. Ferrandino, Vincent L. // Principal;May/Jun2005, Vol. 84 Issue 5, p64 

    The article discusses the role of school principals in cultivating necessary skills in teachers that are needed to become effective school leaders. It's no secret that the principals' job just keep getting more complex and challenging. Good principals have to know how to analyze and use data,...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics