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Current Issues in School Leadership examines controversies about, and affecting, school practices. Focusing on two essential questions—what is important to today's school leaders? and what is interfering with schooling processes?—it includes chapters by a broad range of authors, with expertise on their specific topic. The text is organized in three sections:
*Social and Political Issues;
*Curriculum and Learning Issues; and
*Organization and Management Issues.
The goal of this text—designed for school leadership, educational administration, and foundations of education courses—is to challenge readers to think carefully and critically about each of the issues presented, leading to positive action and leadership.
Contents: Foreword. Preface. Part I: Social and Political Issues. L.W. Hughes, Politics, Pressure Groups, and School Change. R. Casella, Violence and Threats of Violence. J. Romo, M. Roseman, Educational Warriors for Social Justice. C.S. White, T.L. Talbert, Comfortably Numb? Rethinking Social Studies for Social Justice. S. Rosenblith, Religious Controversy. R. Fossey, Censorship: Who Controls School Curriculum and Teaching Materials? Part II: Curriculum and Learning Issues. C.M. Achilles, Class Size and Learning. P.E. Holland, J.C. Phillips, Evaluation of Schools: An Expanded View. R.J. Meyer, Evaluating Students: Nightmares and Dreams. R. Quezada, K. Osajima, The Challenges of Diversity: Moving Toward Cultural Proficiency. J.A. Mantle, Navigating Special Education Tensions and Controversies. S.W. McKay, What's at Stake for High-Quality Art Education in a High-Stakes Testing Era? The Importance of Escaping a View-Master. M.E. Pierson, Technology in the Classroom: Thinking Beyond the Machines. Part III: Organization and Management Issues. W.D. Greenfield, Jr., Leading the Teacher Work Group. J.J. Flessa, Principal Behaviors and School Outcomes: A Look Inside Urban Schools. A.J. MacNeil, Culture, Climate, and School Outcomes. C.M. Achilles, C.H. Tienken, Professional Development and Educational Improvement? A. Reyes, G.M. Rodriguez, School Finance: The Russian Novel. L. Brouillette, Charter Schools.