Leading in Education
Each component is summarized:
Creating Moral Purpose
Moral purpose is about both ends and means. In education, an important end is to maked a difference in the lives of students. But the means of getting to that end are also crucial.
At its loftiest level, moral purpose is about how humans evolve over time, especially in relations to how they relate to each other. Examining the evolution of self-centered and cooperative behavior of individuuals is translated into the "culture" of an organization. To be an effective leader should be driven by egoistic desires (self-centered) and altrustic (unslefish) motives.
Recognize that moral purpose does not stand alone. However, you can not be an effective leader without behaving in a morally purposeful way.
In 1997, the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy began England. The initial core goal was to raise literacy and numeracy achievement of children up to age 11. At the time, 57 percent were considered proficient in literacy and 54 percent in numeracy. They set goals of 80 percent for literacy and 75 percent for numeracy by 2002. While the case study involves a whole lot more than moral purpose, here are the related points to moral purpose:
In summary, leadership, if it is to be effective, has to:
Implications in Alameda
There are external forces (state and federal mandates) for improving student achievement. What appears to be lacking is a specific, explicit "making-a difference" goal for Alameda. What do you think it should be?
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