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This book personifies how headteachers and other school leaders must become agents and beneficiaries of the processes of leading learning and achievement. It is about school leadership, with the head of the school as the focal point. The book explains and illustrates school leadership as a collective enterprise, how the headteacher with a moral imperative can only help realize it through developing leadership in others, and how it is the combined forces of shared leadership that makes a difference. This book will make the headship more exciting, and doable, with the net result being the headteachers's role figuring more prominently at both the school and the big picture levels. Headteachers and all school leaders who want to make a bigger difference than they ever imagined they could are the primary audience of this book. The secondary audience is leaders at all levels, including policymakers who are in a position to alter the system and thereby create conditions for transforming the principalship into a powerful force for reform.
"The Moral Imperative of School Leadership is a practical handbook for educators focusing on the pivotal role played by principals as agents of systematic change…Fullan appeals to something all educators have: the desire to do the right thing and the wish to make a difference."
"The Moral Imperative of School Leadership is an important read for school leaders and system administrators, not so much because it provides a prescription for the future of public education, but more because it elevates the moral imperative of public schooling, and enshrines the view that effective school leadership must be driven from a deep moral purpose. "
|About the Author|
|1||Changing the Context||1|
|The Public Schools We Need||3|
|The Principals and Teachers We Need||5|
|2||Barriers to School Leadership||13|
|3||The Moral Imperative at the School Level||29|
|Level 1: Making a Difference in Individuals||31|
|Level 2: Making a Difference in the School||31|
|The Emerging Image of the Moral Imperative of the Principalship||41|
|4||Making a Difference Beyond the School||47|
|Level 3: Making a Difference Regionally||50|
|Level 4: School Leadership and Society||59|
|5||How to Get There: The Individual and the System||61|