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Thursday, November 17 • 9:15am - 10:20am
GSS Session 17 - Designing the Next Generation of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs

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Participants: Arendtian Thought and Ethical School Leadership Rodney S Whiteman, Indiana University In this conceptual paper, I argue for incorporating Hannah Arendt’s moral and political philosophy in educational leadership preparation programs. To date, Arendt’s philosophy is seldom employed in educational leadership and administration. However, if Arendt is taken seriously, school leadership would be re-envisioned as leaders are called to act with both technical correctness as well as moral correctness. The paper describes Arendt’s moral-political philosophy and explores implications for educational leadership preparation and practice. Re-envisioning Leader Preparation: Do Critical Disability Studies Belong in Leadership Discourses? Katherine Lewis, Texas State University This paper examines leader preparation. Using a Critical Disability Studies (CDS) framework in program discourses allows leaders to uncover historical underpinnings of identity categories and their use in sorting students. Despite evidence of overrepresentation of students of color in special education, leadership discourses rarely address dis/ability. Viewing current inequities through this framework develops critical consciousness and uncovers social and racialized notions of ability, allowing for deeper discourse about equity for dis/abled students. Insights from Student, Parent, Community and School Stakeholders for a Social Justice Principal Preparation Program Gwendolyn Baxley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Colleen A. Capper, University of Wisconsin-Madison This study explores the dispositions, knowledge and skills principals (DKS) need to lead for justice and equity as part of their leadership preparation program -- from the perspective of students, parents, community and school practioners. Critical school practioners as well as students, families, and communities who are traditionally marginalized in school spaces offer perspectives that radically critique inequitable practices within schools and (re)imagine how school leaders are prepared to respond to their academic and social needs. Social Justice Educational Leadership Preparation Programs: Presenting Future School Leaders with Tools for Change Shahlaine Kaur Dhillon, University of South Florida In this study, I examined a local university’s educational leadership preparation program through the lens of social justice leadership. By using the work of Theoharis (2007) and Diem and Carpenter (2015) I created a frame of which tenants should be present in order to present race and have students engage in a curriculum which would best help students internalize these theoretical concepts and be able to use them in practice. Facilitator: Paula Myrick Short, University of Houston

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Becky Slothower

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Ph.D. Doctoral Candidate, Oklahoma State University


Thursday November 17, 2016 9:15am - 10:20am
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet

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