Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership

Reclaiming School Reform

by Steven Jay Gross,

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  • 9781135037802
  • 9781135037796

A democratic, ethical leader integrates democracy, social justice, and school reform through dialogue and is guided by a sense of responsibility to students, families, and the community. Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership presents a cohesive framework for aspiring and practicing leaders to explore the complex nature of leadership that can support democratic citizenry and social responsibility.

Organized around the 5 "New DEEL" visions for leadership, chapters illustrate real people who embody these principles. This compelling vision for educational leadership, combined with diverse and vibrant examples of leadership in action, will serve as a critical guide for the rising generation of democratic ethical educational leaders in the US and abroad. Presenting contextualized, practical instances of this approach to leadership, this book will inspire educational leaders to reflect upon their practice and reach their potential as democratic leaders.

Special Features Include:

  • A unique framework to guide responsible, ethical leadership in today’s schools.
  • A series of case studies help readers identify key leadership qualities in context from which to illuminate their own emerging practice. 
  • End-of-chapter questions encourage exploration of leaders’ motivations, processes, strategies, and lessons learned.
  • Taylor and Francis; August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781135037802
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership
  • Author: Steven Jay Gross; Joan Poliner Shapiro
  • Imprint: Routledge
Subject categories
  • 9780415839549
  • 9781135037802
  • 9781135037796

In The Press

"This book is a powerful example of how a committed group of scholars can explore, advocate, and illustrate what democratic, ethical educational leadership means for students, teachers, leaders, and communities. I cannot imagine a more relevant and powerful response to our time; these editors and authors help us to ‘reclaim educational reform by advocating democratic, ethical educational leadership.’"

--Gary M. Crow, Professor of Educational Leadership, Indiana University

"This book is for anyone who is concerned about the moral aims of education today. With stories about inspired, ethical, democratic and courageous leaders, Gross and Shapiro remind us that doing the right thing as a leader is always a choice, regardless of circumstances or conditions. This book challenges readers to reassess what we may believe to be insurmountable obstacles to inclusive, ethical, caring, and socially just leadership practices in today's schools. Gross and Shapiro offer new hope to all leaders who struggle to do the right thing in education."

--Colleen L. Larson, Chair of the Department of Administration of Leadership and Technology and Associate Professor of Educational Administration, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

About The Author

Steven Jay Gross is Professor of Educational Leadership at the College of Education, Temple University, USA, and Founding Director of the New DEEL Community Network. 

Joan Poliner Shapiro is Professor of Higher Education at the College of Education, Temple University, USA, and Co-Director of the New DEEL Community Network.