System-Wide Leadership for Culturally-Responsive Education

Authored by: Elizabeth Kozleski , Jennifer J. Huber

Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415872805
eBook ISBN: 9780203837313
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869693


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Where organizations, causes, and communities exist, information must be networked, a common purpose developed, strategic activities designed, sustainability addressed, continuous improvement embedded, and milestones celebrated. Along the way, community members must gauge the distance between where they are and where they want to be in order to select the most robust strategies for whatever success is deemed to be. The funds of knowledge and the talents that exist within the community need to be engaged so that the community or organization takes on a life of its own beyond individual careers and aspirations. Leadership is needed to support and facilitate engagement in moving forward, identifying outcomes, and examining the processes used to achieve outcomes (Heifitz, 1994). In this chapter, we make a case for leadership as a cultural activity fraught with the complexities of informal and formal authority, challenged by social networks for change, and intersected by fractals of race, class, gender, and power.

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