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Spirituality in Educational Leadership

Spirituality in Educational Leadership

December 2007 | 208 pages | Corwin
The fourth of a new book series on The Soul of Educational Leadership, this concise volume offers key ideas and strategies for identifying the spiritual, moral, and ethical dimensions of school leadership practice. With contributions from top leadership figures like Terry Deal, Dawna Markova, and Scott Thompson among others, this book combines research and thought-provoking ideas for practice.
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Robert W. Cole
Paul D. Houston
1. What’s Spirituality Got to Do With It?
Stephen L. Sokolow, Paul D. Houston
2. The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership
Dawna Markova
3. Spiritual Courage: Leading From the Inside Out
Bea Mah Holland
4. Appreciative Inquiry: A Strategy for Reshaping Education That Builds on Strengths and Hopes
Eric Schaps
5. Community in School: The Heart of the Matter
Claire Sheff Kohn
6. The Stories of Practicing Superintendents: The Struggle to Make the Right Decisions
Christa Metzger
7. Personal Growth in the Workplace: Spiritual Practices You Can Use
Chuck Bonner
8. Spiritually Oriented Leadership in a Secular Age
Scott Thompson
9. Spiritual Leadership: The Invisible Revolution
Terrence E. Deal
10. Leadership on a Teeter-Totter: Balancing Rationality and Spirituality

"This book will be useful to those who are trying to find a good balance in their lives and add a dimension of spirituality to their leadership."

Kenneth Killian, Assistant Professor
Vanguard University of Southern California

"The authors have made the information approachable, nonthreatening, and personal. They provide information about their own past roles as superintendents, which provides instant credibility."

Jennifer Baadsgaard, Assistant Principal
Roosevelt High School, San Antonio, TX

"The book addresses a very important topic. There are some powerful teachings in this volume, and it makes an important contribution to the field."

Lila Jacobs, Coordinator, Urban Leadership Program
California State University, Sacramento

Did not meet expectations

Mr Jim Bagniewski
School Of Education, Viterbo University
January 4, 2010

Paul D. Houston

Paul D. Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American education through his extensive speaking engagements, published articles, and his regular appearances on national radio and television. Formerly executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008, Houston has served as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He has also served as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama, and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, NJ; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA. Houston has served in an adjunct capacity for the University of North... More About Author

Alan M. Blankstein

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the... More About Author

Robert W. Cole

Robert W. Cole is proprietor and founder of Edu-Data, a firm specializing in writing, research, and publication services. He was a member of the staff of Phi Delta Kappan magazine for 14 years: assistant editor 1974-1976, managing editor 1976-1980, and editor-in-chief 1981-88. During his tenure as editor-in-chief, the Kappan earned more than 40 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, three of them for his editorials. Since leaving the Kappan, Cole has served as founding vice president of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform (1990-1994). At CLSR he managed districtwide and... More About Author

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