Friday, December 10, 2010

Reflection Points for Transformational Leadership

The following post is taken from:

Cambron-McCabe, N. & Quantz, R. (2000) Guiding principles for preparing transformational educational leaders. As published in: Senge, P., Cambron-McCabe, N., Lucas, T., Smith, B., Dutton, J. & Kleiner, A. (2000). Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education. New York, Doubleday.

The following points are listed as guiding principles.  As suggested in the chapter (pg. 316 – 321), these principles should be examined based on the current reality of our schools.

The transformation of schools should be the central focus of the field of educational leadership.

The primary goal of public schools is to educate children to be citizens in a democracy.

School leadership is an intellectual, moral, and craft practice.

Educational practice must be informed by critical reflection.

Schools are sites of cultural politics.

Leadership should not be equated with positions in a bureaucracy.

Diversity is a necessary element of education.

A graduate program should be a “program,” not a series of disparate courses.

Faculty and students must make a commitment to community.

Education should be considered broader than schooling (p. 317-320).

Given the current realities of your school, is your leadership transformational?

Feedback is always welcomed.

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