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Teacher Leadership

The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader – Revised edition

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Edited By Eleanor Blair

Teacher leadership as a dimension of teachers’ work has never been more important. This topic has emerged as a major component of both state and national standards, and as such, it is included in most contemporary teacher education programs. Three decades of research have focused on teacher leadership as an essential element of school improvement, but its relationship to the potential transformation of the teaching profession remains unexplored. This revised edition of Teacher Leadership: The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education provides an overview of the scholarship being done in the field and a framework for questions and discussions regarding the sustainability of teacher leadership efforts. In this edition, each of the five sections is accompanied by an introduction and reflection questions on the various issues related to teachers acting as leaders in classrooms, schools and communities. The book opens with a completely new section that presents scholarship related to teacher leadership and social justice, where the role of ideology in the work of teacher leaders is considered. This book includes the work of over thirty authors and is an essential tool for guiding dialogue regarding the various facets of teacher leadership and its impact on school culture, student learning and professional learning communities within the context of twenty-first century school reform. Teacher Leadership: The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader is intended for undergraduate and graduate education students.
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2. Transforming Educational Leadership Without Social Justice? Looking at Critical Pedagogy as More Than a Critique, and a Way Toward “Democracy”

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Transforming Educational Leadership Without Social Justice?

Looking at Critical Pedagogy as More Than a Critique, and a Way Toward “Democracy”1

Paul Carr

One thing we know for sure, as common wisdom has it, is that you can always count on change. Change is everywhere, we are told constantly. We are about change, political parties extoll. If you don’t change, you’ll be left behind, is what we are taught. While advertisers, business gurus, pundits, and highly remunerated futurists all agree that change is in the air, that progress is the way to go, and that evolution means embracing change, I’m left wondering: what type of change, defined by whom, for whom, contextualized, understood, and embraced in what manner, by whom, and why? If change is a certainty, as we are led to believe, then why is there still poverty? One would think that social inequities—including racism, sexism, income gaps, homelessness, religious intolerance, discrimination of all forms, and so on—would be history; that, with all of the change going on, there would be no room for such anti-change variables. While, undoubtedly, much has changed—and there is evidence of this—social inequities, in many regards, are widening, not dissipating. This, I would argue, relates to power and how it is exercised, challenged, and considered. This chapter on transformative leadership, building on the work of Carolyn Shields (2004, 2010), takes the posture that power is...

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