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Innovative Approaches to Educational Leadership

Selected Cases


Edited By Carrie Rogers, Kofi Lomotey and Adriel Hilton

Of late, leadership has come to include individuals in elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions who do not necessarily carry leadership titles.  Faculty in preK-16 institutions, along with other staff and community people, have increasingly begun to take on leadership responsibilities as shared leadership is articulated and practiced more and more in education.  This volume focuses on educational leadership--broadly defined.  More specifically, following several research-based thought pieces in which the authors define and discuss this new conception of leadership, contributors offer preK-16 case study illustrations of this recent conception of educational leadership.  Readers will use this casebook as a foundational text for courses in teacher education, educational leadership, business and higher education. It includes detailed chapters focused on teacher leadership, principal leadership and higher educational leadership.
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The editors would like to acknowledge the tremendous leadership and insight of Dale Carpenter, former Dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University (WCU). Dean Carpenter brought together a group of WCU education faculty, including the editors, in 2014 and described his sense that several of us had been exploring, often individually, different, creative and innovative conceptions of leadership in schools and higher education institutions. He suggested that we get together and think about how we might share our efforts in a collaborative way. This volume grew directly out of those conversations facilitated by Dean Carpenter.

From Carrie …

I would like to specifically acknowledge my colleagues who have led me to investigate teacher leadership deeply: Mistilina Sato has challenged my thinking about the capacity of teachers since graduate school; Roya Scales had aided and abetted, through finding funding and co-writing, our research into preservice teachers and the developmental notion of teacher leadership. I also thank my husband, Mike, whose faith in my capacity has never wavered. I am also deeply indebted to my co-editors for their mentoring: Thank you Kofi and Adriel.

From Kofi …

I would like to acknowledge my colleagues in educational leadership at WCU: Ann Allen, Robert Crow, Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Casey Hurley, Kathleen ← xi | xii → Jorissen, Dean Spaulding, and Jess Weiler. They are a group of creative, energetic, prolific and thoughtful scholars who inspire me and challenge me to seek to...

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