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Educational Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Craig D. Murray Jan 2008

Educational Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Craig D. Murray

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The role of a leader is invaluable in setting the tone of the environment and the vision for the school. There are so many parts to leadership, that continual learning will be necessary for any successful school leader. A school leader plays many roles including: a reflective practitioner, a change agent, an educational improvement specialist, and a servant leader who remembers the people who make the system work.


Research And Reflection On Successful Principal Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Leah M. Rogers Jan 2008

Research And Reflection On Successful Principal Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Leah M. Rogers

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A teacher needs to act as a leader, allow the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and promote respect for all things and people. The teacher's role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. The students' search for knowledge is the journey one takes as they learn to find answers to their questions. Providing students with access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual innovation.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Stephanie Renee Dougherty Jan 2008

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Stephanie Renee Dougherty

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A principal leads educational change. Schools are called to continually change to fit society's demands. Schools that remain stagnant are places where students are not being served in their best interests. Schools need to upgrade in order for students to be ready for the workforce. Principals need to continually scan for ways to encourage growth, improvement, and empowerment.


My Philosophy Of Educational Leadership, David A. Clark Jan 2008

My Philosophy Of Educational Leadership, David A. Clark

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Early leaders in civilization knew that to keep a country free of tyranny and social depredation it was imperative that the citizens within that culture became educated. Modem leaders of education can be found at the forefront of public education in the form of superintendents and principals. In this paper I will define the role of leadership in education, how it has affected my life, what makes a great principal, the principals role in educational change, a reflective practitioner as a leader, and how a principal can use professional development to enhance the effectiveness of his/her staff.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Deanna Martens Jan 2008

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Deanna Martens

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As a leader of change, an administrator looks to the future, plans appropriately, sustains flexibility and continues the cycle of consist reflection and evaluation of the change process and actual change. A successful administrator understands that change is not easy for everyone and assists stakeholders throughout the process. Administrators are responsible for a supportive learning environment. The most critical element for the principal in setting the tone is to be a positive role model. The school, faculty and staff often take on the qualities of the administrator. When taking action of large proportions, a successful administrator communicates clearly and involves ...


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Christine A. Mangrich Jan 2008

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Christine A. Mangrich

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Educators are more than just teachers. Effective teachers are more than simply instructors, and instructional leaders are more than just administrators. Servant leadership is more than a method of managing a school or an office. It is something that encompasses the essence of a person. A servant leader is one whose foundational beliefs begin with the notion to serve first. This leadership persona is not something that one turns on while at work; it is generally part of the guiding principles a person has, and affects all aspects of a person's life.

A leader of service encompasses all facets ...


Reflecting For Action, Christopher J. Mccarville Jan 2008

Reflecting For Action, Christopher J. Mccarville

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To answer the question, "What do I believe about leadership and education?" I have to say that I believe in four main things: Hard work, passion, family and most importantly, faith. If you follow through with these four beliefs, everything else will fall into place. Work hard, have passion for the school, love your family above all, and pray. These are the keys to being successful as an administrator.


My Philosophy Of Educational Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Lincoln James Rasche Jan 2008

My Philosophy Of Educational Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Lincoln James Rasche

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As more and more demands are placed on schools, principals must be strong instructional leaders who find innovative ways to provide professional development for teachers. As leaders of schools, principals must meet the challenges of educating today's students. When professional development is of high quality, it can provide principals and teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet these challenges. By meeting these challenges, schools will strive to provide students with effective learning opportunities, opportunities that ensure high levels of learning for everyone (Sparks, 1997).


My Philosophy Of Educational Leadership, Jody L. Fink Jan 2008

My Philosophy Of Educational Leadership, Jody L. Fink

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What is the true role of the principal? The principal has to be a reflective leader of learning, a leader of educational change, a leader for the improvement of learning for both students and adults, and the leader of service. The principal is the main educational leader of the learning community. As Wilmore (2002) states, "The primary emphasis has shifted from one in which the principal truly was a master teacher, a recognized leader in instruction, to one in which the principal is a manager of the school facility." Wilmore continues, "The role of the principal has transitioned again, from ...


A Vision For Leading Schools : A Reflective Essay, Melissa A. Margretz Jan 2008

A Vision For Leading Schools : A Reflective Essay, Melissa A. Margretz

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The role of a leader is comparable to a circle. There are so many sides, they seem to run together with no definition of where one ends and another begins. What I believe about leadership and the roles of being a reflective practitioner, a leader in educational change, a leader in improvement of learning for students and adults, and a leader of service all share importance in a well-rounded, successful, educational leader.

In order to lead a school with success the leader must be able to play many roles at the same time. Not only do leaders need to be ...


A Preferred Vision Of Educational Leadership In Schools : A Reflective Essay, Melinda A. Orris Jan 2008

A Preferred Vision Of Educational Leadership In Schools : A Reflective Essay, Melinda A. Orris

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The state of Iowa has laid the framework for leadership in education through the development of the six Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL). Each one of the six standards details a different aspect of the role needed for successful leadership within the school and the school community. Through these six standards and outside resources, I have found that there are core beliefs and characteristics required to have and maintain success in leadership in education. This paper will cover the essential beliefs and characteristics in educational leadership needed, and their importance for success within the school.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Debra A. Kisch Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Debra A. Kisch

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I remember when my morn was driving me to my first day of preschool. I asked her if she would drive me to school when I went to the University of Northern Iowa too? I was going to be a teacher, and I didn't want to go alone. That was about twenty years ago, and my morn kept her promise. I did attend the University of Northern Iowa; I did become a teacher, and my mom did take me for my first day of orientation.

Education is an American value that I feel is one of the most important ...


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Lisa L. Goedken Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Lisa L. Goedken

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An effective leader for educational change must recognize that change is a process, not a destination, and be able to instill continuing leadership in others. The leader must first be able to develop a leadership team through which responsibilities can be distributed. Second, the leader must recognize what type of change is necessary. With those factors identified, it is the leader's responsibility to identify the magnitude of the work to be accomplished, what level of change must occur, and to then adjust their management style accordingly.

Throughout the process, the leader must work to develop the leadership abilities of ...


What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Brandon M. Kleve Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Brandon M. Kleve

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Educational leadership should focus on excellence much like that found in the military, medicine, professional athletics, and business. With current educational focus on student achievement and proficiency educational leaders must strive for encompassing excellence throughout the school. Leadership directing this excellence must include designing effective professional development, have a clear vision, and implement programs towards standards-based instruction. To drive towards this excellence educational leaders must be effective communicators, reflective thinkers, and be willing to share leadership.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Julie A. Bride Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Julie A. Bride

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Exemplary educational leadership requires mastery of many essential skills. In order for a principal to be an effective instructional leader, one must support the success of all students by nurturing an environment based upon the school's developed vision. An instructional leader believes in, values, and is committed to the fact that all students have the knowledge, skills, and values needed to become successful adults. Each student is an individual with unique needs. An educational leader must be a proactive advocate for the needs of all children.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Christopher A. Cartee Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Christopher A. Cartee

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There are many issues facing today's educators and educational leaders. These issues are exactly why I decided to return to education after a career in law enforcement. I would like to tell you why I became an educator. I will also analyze the importance of using reflective practice as a principal or teacher. I will examine the current research pertaining to the role of the leader in terms of educational change, adult and student learning, and service.


A Reflective Practitioner As A Leader Of Learning, Change And Service : A Reflective Essay, Leshane O. Saddler Jan 2007

A Reflective Practitioner As A Leader Of Learning, Change And Service : A Reflective Essay, Leshane O. Saddler

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Learning must be modeled by all leaders. Learning may not be enough; there must be a love for learning that is modeled to all. As a parent of two elementary students my passion for knowledge is demonstrated on a daily basis. Reading nightly for one to two hours and spending Saturdays at the public library instead of the ball park are two examples that I model for my children. As a leader of learning, the building principal or district administrator, there should be a greater understanding that the teachers that are under your administration; view you as that parent. Leaders ...


A Vision For Leading : A Reflective Essay, Carrie M. Heinzerling Jan 2007

A Vision For Leading : A Reflective Essay, Carrie M. Heinzerling

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Being a leader has many important aspects. Education added to the leadership adds many new dimensions. Principals take the hopes and dreams of students and adults into their care. The leadership role taken on by principals has to incorporate many qualities. Principals must be leaders of learning, leaders of change, leaders of improvement for students and adults, and leaders of service. Principals have a lot on their plates. They are leaders of everything from learning to change. They have to be managers of time and money, and they have to be leaders of curriculum and data analysis.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Jerry L. Nelson Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Jerry L. Nelson

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Educational leadership means doing the right thing for the people we serve. It means being committed to the education of all the students. An educational leader needs to be a committed soul, passionate about creating success in the lives of every student. This is not an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or August to May commitment, it is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year position.

As an educator, this should be a career-long commitment. To help stay committed,an educational leader needs to develop core values that help one stay focused ...


A Preferred Vision For Leading High Schools : A Reflective Essay, Troy M. Osterhaus Jan 2007

A Preferred Vision For Leading High Schools : A Reflective Essay, Troy M. Osterhaus

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In order to maintain our great educational system in America, it takes great school leaders. The school principal plays the most important role in the success of a school. A school leader is responsible for the management of the organization, operations, and resources. A school principal has now taken on a new role with the increased focus on accountability and student success. The principal is responsible for monitoring the improvement and success of all students. The school leader is the voice of the school and it's important to be visible around the community at businesses, churches, clubs, and organizations.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Angela C. Fogle Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Angela C. Fogle

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Leadership in 21st century education will become one of the most important cultural necessities, if education is to serve our society appropriately and move it forward to adjust to the challenges of the future. Leaders in education must be prepared to embrace new and challenging roles that will guide educational leadership into the future. Those roles will include: instructional leadership, organizational leadership, ethical leadership, visionary leadership, and collaborative leadership. As the educational leaders of the future move to incorporate these leadership styles into practice, education will be able to move forward in a positive and successful direction.


A Vision For School Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Tamela J. Johnson Jan 2007

A Vision For School Leadership : A Reflective Essay, Tamela J. Johnson

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The intent of this essay is to develop a broader perspective of the impact that leadership has on the bottom line, student achievement. It is the responsibility of educational leaders to enable stakeholders to clarify priorities and develop plans to achieve that ultimate goal, an upward trend in achievement for all students. As members of the administrative and school leadership teams, the principals will continue to develop an ongoing process of looking around the comer, asking if what is happening in the educational environment is making a difference, and remember that perception is reality.


Compilation Of Critical Element Papers For Principalship Cohort, Ryan K. Junge Jan 2007

Compilation Of Critical Element Papers For Principalship Cohort, Ryan K. Junge

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The most important role of an educational leader is the leader of instruction. It is crucial that you implement a quality atmosphere within your school that is conducive to high quality instruction. It is also essential that the curriculum being taught in the classrooms is rigorous and relevant to the students. If the material is not relevant, the student will struggle to understand the importance of learning the material. If the curriculum is not rigorous, schools are not doing their job of challenging and pushing students to excel at the highest levels.


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Julia M. Jorgenson Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Julia M. Jorgenson

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To be an effective leader, one needs to have many characteristics. She needs to be a leader of reflection, change, learning and service. When a principal reflects, she will be a better principal. She will know how to make better decisions. A leader that makes changes is an effective leader. With reflection, a principal can realize what needs to be changed to help students in her school. A principal needs to be constantly learning and encouraging her teachers to continue their learning. When principals and teachers continue learning, they can be better educators. Finally, principals need to be service oriented ...


What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Thomas Keegan Knight Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Thomas Keegan Knight

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The leadership quality is more of an art than a statement. A leader is a server and a debtor, whose first responsibility is to define reality and last responsibility is to say thank you (DePree, 1989). This paper will communicate my educational beliefs, the role of reflective practice in an educational setting, steps to follow in the change process and models, current research for improved learning in the classroom, as well as the importance of being a leader of service in a community. All of these elements are related to the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) and are pertinent ...


What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Todd M. Kress Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Todd M. Kress

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Whether you are a leader reflecting on past experiences, a leader whom is adjusting to changes and motivating others to adjust to changes, a leader who is challenging him or herself and all others to continue education, or a leader who is serving every stakeholder involved in the school, you need to make sure that students are not missing out on the greatest educational experience they can possibly get. The students are the number one reason why anyone goes into education, and no matter what happens in our busy lives we need to remember that. Every student needs to be ...


A Preferred Vision For Administering Elementary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Leona M. Mccall Jan 2007

A Preferred Vision For Administering Elementary Schools : A Reflective Essay, Leona M. Mccall

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In this paper I will discuss my educational beliefs, and how the current literature supports my vision for the future of education. Through my discourse I plan to affirm my mission for student achievement. As I proceed, it is my intent to convey what I believe to be essential for me as a leader of learning for the campus community. I will also express my views of the principal as change agent, along with my beliefs about service learning. As I culminate my educational beliefs, I will focus on how the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) apply to the ...


What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Jay Meier Jan 2007

What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Jay Meier

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The leader's role is spelled out very well in Iowa's Standards for School Leaders (ISSL, 2007). The Standards specifically describe a visionary leader (Standard one), an instructional leader (Standard two), an organizational leader (Standard three), a collaborative leader (Standard four), an ethical leader (Standard five), and a political leader (Standard six). These six standards set the tone for what is expected from a principal in a leadership role.


An Administrator's Look At Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Mark Musker Jan 2007

An Administrator's Look At Leadership And Education : A Reflective Essay, Mark Musker

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My goal in education is obvious: students will develop their own presence of learning. The positive experience they have in school will help them grow into world-class learners. As an educator I empower my students, for at least one day, to know that this is their day to be special. Then I repeat that process for all of them the next day, the next month, and the following years.

Leadership is easy to talk about but difficult to implement. A leader does not solve other people's problems for them. I do believe that a problem will no longer exist ...


A Voice For Our Children : What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Angela J. Noel Jan 2007

A Voice For Our Children : What I Believe About Leadership And Education, Angela J. Noel

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Leadership in education will be a challenging job. The leader of a school must maintain a level of self-awareness in order to run an effective building. This level of awareness must continuously reflect upon, "Have I raised student achievement?" and "Have I created a successful educational experience for my students?" Educational leaders also need to create culture, manage the daily operations of the school, collaborate with families and community members, act with integrity and fairness, and be knowledgeable of political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.