I am beyond thrilled to announce the soon-to-be-released book Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Democracy, an exciting edited collection of contributions by outstanding authors in the field of educational leadership.
As its title suggests, this book presents future alternatives in the educational leadership space. Its contributions consider the history of the field of educational leadership, what the reality of educational leadership is right now, and importantly, what is needed in educational leadership next.
This book offers provocations for what’s now and what’s next in educational leadership, simultaneously bringing the field both back to its basics—of equity, democracy, humanity, and education for all—and forward to productive, innovative, and necessary possibilities. Written during the pandemic reality of 2020, this collection shares the global voices and expertise of prominent and emerging leaders, scholars, and practitioners in education from the UK, USA, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Authors engage with the complexities and uncertainties of leading in education. They examine research, reflections, and real stories from which school leaders, education system leaders, policymakers, and researchers in the field of educational leadership, can learn, and in which they will find honesty, authority, and inspiration to guide the future of the field. The new perspectives and hopeful alternatives presented in this outstanding book are essential to researchers, school leaders, policymakers, and are key to advancing education into positive and democratic futures.
I have edited this outstanding volume and am incredible grateful to the book’s contributors for their thought-provoking, important chapters, written during the tumult of 2020, often during rolling lockdowns, university and school closures and reopenings, remote teaching, educational upheaval, fast policy, anxiety, uncertainty, and crises.
Thank you to Beatriz Pont for writing the Foreword and to Professors Yong Zhao, Jane Wilkinson, Pasi Sahlberg and Ellie Drago-Severson for their endorsements of the book. Yong Zhao describes it as “a fantastic collection of brilliant voices… a much-needed hopeful volume“. Jane Wilkinson calls it a “timely and important book” providing “a rich and diverse set of insights into the past, present, and potential future of educational leadership“. Ellie Drago-Severson says it is “a treasure trove of insights and wisdom to help shift paradigms in educational leadership“. Pasi Sahlberg asserts that the book is a “future-focused volume” that “comes to the rescue for educational leaders from classrooms to ministerial cabinets” and “a must-read for anyone hoping to understand what it is to be a leader in the post-pandemic world.“
I can’t wait until the book is published. In the meantime, check the link to the book (currently available for pre-order and on sale) and the Table of Contents below for more details.
Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership: Table of Contents
- Foreword. Beatriz Pont
- Introduction: What’s now and what’s next in educational leadership. Deborah M. Netolicky
Section I: Knowledge and Theory of Educational Leadership
1. Back to the future: Recuperating educational administration? Pat Thomson
2. Leading forward by salvaging for the future. Christine Grice
3. Wayfinding: Navigating complexity for sustainable school leadership. Deborah M. Netolicky and Claire Golledge
4. Leading in context: Lessons from Nuance. Michael Fullan
5. Distributed leadership and networking: Exploring the evidence base. Cecilia Azorín, Alma Harris, and Michelle Jones
Section 2: Diversity and Inclusion in Educational Leadership
6. Multilevel distributed leadership: From why to how. Asmaa Alfadala, Richard Paquin Morel, and James P. Spillane
7. “Deadly leadership” in the pursuit of Indigenous education excellence. Suraiya Hameed, Marnee Shay, and Jodie Miller
8. Leadership, identity, and intersectionality. Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley
9. Women as leaders in education: What works and what must we improve? Vivienne Porritt
10. A tale of two leaders: Reflecting on senior co-leadership in higher education. Karen Edge
Section 3: Systems and Structures for Educational Leadership
11. Leading large-scale educational change in the 21st Century: Educational leadership pre-, during, and post-pandemic. Carol Campbell
12. Educational administration’s Paradises Lost: A flâneur/se stroll through the futures past. Eugenie A. Samier
13. Schools as ecosystems of leadership: Leading by all and for all. Liliana Mularczyk
14. Leading to liberate learning: Educational change meets social movements. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo
15. What could education leadership look like outside the system? Annie Kidder, Eloise Tan, and Christine Corso
- Conclusion: Educational leadership for all. Deborah M. Netolicky