Contribution to Book
Rethinking the Universal Approach to the Preparation of School Leaders.Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity. (2013)
Many students in public schools today face a myriad of challenges, including inadequate facilities, underprepared teachers and underprepared administrators. For our diverse students, namely Black and Latino students, the issues are more complex. These complexities require a different kind of leader and leadership, and for various reasons many of today's school leaders are not adequately prepared or willing to address the fundamental issues confronting the Black and Latino student population. Some figure it out on their own by trial and error. Others bring a genuine and deep-seated passion and do well by virtue of personality. There exists an intangible ingredient that successful leaders possess which makes them effective. Alternately, there is a tangible ingredient that a significant number of school leaders shy away from and in so doing risk not only their effectiveness as leaders, but also imperil the academic achievement of their students. The ingredient is the inability to be explicit about the impact that race, class, and gender have on student achievement. Why is this so? How can those of us who teach in leadership preparation programs ready our students to be successful in diverse schools?
Publication DateApril, 2013
EditorLinda C. Tillman , James Joseph Scheurich
Citation InformationNoni Mendoza Reis and Arlando Smith. "Rethinking the Universal Approach to the Preparation of School Leaders." New YorkHandbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity. (2013) p. 665 - 669
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nonimendoza-reis/3/