Contemporary School Leadership Term Paper by Peter Pen

A look at the new roles being thrust on school leaders in light of educational reform.
# 145395 | 2,405 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010

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This paper critically examines the emerging role of school leaders in light of educational reform, showing that most are unprepared for these new responsibilities. First, the paper shows various problems with school leadership, starting with the fact that there are few applicants for jobs as principals. Next, it describes the methodology for the study and a review of important literature on this topic. Solutions are offered for the issue of poorly prepared school principals, such as giving them rigorous training programs which are focused toward better preparing them to serve in their role and in the capacity of school leader. The paper concludes by stating that if the issue of weak leadership in school is not addressed, negative outcomes will be felt by all members of the school community.

Executive Summary
Statement of Problem
Review of Literature
Proposed Solutions and Plans for Implementation

From the Paper:

"The experience of school leaders in the wake of the school reforms is that these school leaders are being asked to shoulder responsibilities that they are completed unprepared to handle and added to this dilemma is the fact that today's school leaders simply do not know which model of leadership is the best model to utilize in their school. This work examines various leadership models and seeks to identify the optimal leadership model applicable in today's educational environment. The Institution for Educational Leadership relates that today's schools "require a new breed of principal, communities face shortage of candidates who even measure up to traditional criteria for the job." (2002) In fact, a survey conducted in 1998 among 403 school district superintendents state findings that more than half of these school superintendents ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Changing the Role of School Leadership (2000) An NEA Policy Brief. October 2000. Retrieved on July 17, 2009 from Online available at:
  • Elmore, Richard F. (2000) Building a New Structure for School Leadership. Albert Shanker Institute. Winter 2000. Retrieved on July 14, 2009 Online available at:
  • Lapointe, M. Darling-Hammond, L. and Meyerson, D. (2007) Preparing School Leaders for a Changing World: Case Studies of Exemplary Programs. School Leadership Study - Case Study Summaries. Retrieved on July 17, 2009 Online available at:
  • Leadership for Student Learning: Reinventing the Principal ship (2000) Institution for Educational Learning 2000 October - School Leadership for the 21st Century Initiative: A Report of the Task Force on the Principal ship. Retrieved on June 16, 2009 from Online available at:
  • Leadwood, Kenneth A. and Poplin, Mary S. (1992) The Move Toward Transformational Leadership. Educational Leadership Feb 1992; 49, 5 Research Library.

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