Catholic School Leadership: An Invitation to Lead

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Catholic School Leadership addresses many of the challenges facing those who prepare faith leaders and education leaders for the Catholic schools of the future. The well-known editors and contributors to this volume have written about their personal experiences with Catholic schools; the educational foundations of Catholic schools; teacher preparation and development; Catholic school leadership; dealing with parents and families; and the challenges of technology for Catholic schools.
The contributions emphasize the perspectives of both scholars and practitioners within Catholic education and will interest anyone who has experienced time in a Catholic school either as a student, teacher or administrator, as well as those interested in what is happening within Catholic schools today.

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Editorial Reviews

Dozens of scholars, educators, and administrators in Catholic education from the elementary to college level contribute essays exploring the state of Catholic education in the U.S. The book begins with a section on the foundations and future of Catholic schools, which is followed by two practical sections on teacher preparation and leadership issues. Articles include discussions of the law and Catholic school policy, the challenges of teaching religion, leadership in urban schools, and lessons for educational leadership in parent and child guidance. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750708531
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hunt is currently professor in the School of Education at the University of Dayton. Until recently he was professor of foundations of education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Over the last 17 years he has authored or edited nine books on religion and education. He presently serves as Co-Editor of Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, and as Editor of the Private School Monitor.
Thomas Oldenski is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Dayton. He has been a teacher, counsellor and principal of Catholic secondary schools in the United States, Nigeria and Ireland for 21 years. He is a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists)
Theodore Wallace is director of the Centre for Catholic Education at the University of Dayton. He has served as the president and principal of Catholic high schools in Sandusky and Dayton, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Educational Foundations and the Future of Catholic Schools
1 Who Will Keep Our Hearts Burning within Us? 7
2 An International Perspective on Catholic Schools 19
3 The History of Catholic Schools in the United States: An Overview 34
4 Reclaiming Inquiry in the Catholic Philosophy of Education 59
5 The Law and Catholic School Policy: An Overview 69
6 Key Issues for the Future of Catholic Schools 79
Pt. II Teacher Preparation and Development
7 Staff Development in the Catholic School: The Caring Response of a Community 93
8 The Challenge of Teaching Religion in Catholic Schools 105
9 Teaching and Learning in the Catholic School: Grounded in Sacred Soil 113
10 Preparing for the Journey: Teachers for Catholic Schools 129
11 Preparation of Teachers for the Catholic Schools 141
12 Ongoing Staff Development in Catholic Schools 157
13 Kaizening into the Future: Distance Education 174
Pt. III Issues in Catholic School Leadership
14 We Are Called: The Principal as Faith Leader in the Catholic School 191
15 Truths and Half-truths about Leadership: Ancient and Contemporary Sources 204
16 Leadership in Urban Catholic Elementary Schools: The Reality and the Challenge 225
17 Dealing with Narcissistic Families: Lessons for Educational Leadership in Parent and Child Guidance 244
18 To Lead as Jesus Led 259
Notes on Contributors 271
Index 274
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