Who Will Save Our Schools?: Teachers as Constructivist Leaders

Who Will Save Our Schools?: Teachers as Constructivist Leaders

by Linda Lambert, Michelle Collay, Karen Kent, Anna Ershler Richert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803964625

ISBN-13: 9780803964624

Pub. Date: 11/07/1996

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Who Will Save Our Schools? offers a compelling new look at the future of schooling and the role that teachers as leaders must assume in that future. Numerous reforms encompassing a wide range of philosophies and theories have been attempted, and all have proven that teachers must take the reins if these efforts are to be successful.

This book connects a unique

Overview

Who Will Save Our Schools? offers a compelling new look at the future of schooling and the role that teachers as leaders must assume in that future. Numerous reforms encompassing a wide range of philosophies and theories have been attempted, and all have proven that teachers must take the reins if these efforts are to be successful.

This book connects a unique combination of ideas for the first time: teaching as leading, constructivist leadership, an ecological perspective of systemic change, learning communities, and the professional development of teachers. The authors, who offer more than a century of combined experience as teachers, administrators, professors, and consultants, have synthesized these ideas into a new conception of teaching, learning, and leading, and set forth a new standard for school reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803964624
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/07/1996
Series:
Teacher Improvement Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
The Predictable Failure of Reformxiii
The New Road Aheadxiv
Why This Book Was Writtenxv
Who Should Read This Book and Why?xvi
About the Chaptersxvi
Acknowledgmentxx
About the Authorsxxi
1.Examining the Context and Promise of Schooling1
The "Context Clues" of Schooling1
The Context of Schooling: What Does It Mean?9
The Road Ahead: New Themes10
Toward a Vision of Teaching as Leading13
2.The Teacher as Constructivist Leader15
The Evolution of Our Thinking About Learning and Leading16
What Is Constructivist Leadership?19
How Do Constructivist Leaders Reframe Roles and Relationships?26
Conclusion31
3.Changing the System: A Prerequisite to Saving Our Schools33
The Present System34
Thinking and Acting Ecologically35
Thinking Ecologically and Understanding Organizational Dynamics48
Fundamental Challenges60
4.Constructing Understandings of Learning Communities: Essential Structures and Processes for Teacher Leadership and Systemic Change64
What Is a Learning Community?65
Why Are Learning Communities Problematic?67
How Do We Build Learning Communities? The New Road Ahead69
Examples of Structures and Organizers for Building Learning Communities in Schools83
Conclusion93
5.Teaching as Leading95
How Are Teachers Currently Leading?98
Teachers Describe Their Role99
How Do We Begin to See Ourselves as Leaders?106
Experienced Teachers and Leadership110
Conclusion119
6.Who Sets the Learning Agenda? Issues of Power, Authority, and Control122
Current Views of Power123
Dynamics of Power in Organizations126
Power in Constructivist Leadership130
Focal Points for Addressing Power, Authority, and Control Issues139
7.Preparing the Constructivist Teacher Leader144
Preparing Teachers to Be Leaders of Change145
The Substance of Professional Development for Teacher Leadership149
Design Principles for Professional Education158
Examples From Practice164
Concluding Thoughts172
8.The Future of Teaching, Leading, and Reform174
Who Is Responsible for Reform?177
Policy Reform Recommendations to Support Emerging Teacher Leadership177
A Vision of the New Road Ahead183
References185
Index195

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