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Educational Leadership Conceptual Framework

Disposition • Practices • Understandings

Educational Leadership Program Disposition

Educators and leaders seek to define and enhance their identification with leadership values and characteristics, and:

  • Act in an ethical manner with integrity and fairness; practice equity, respect individuals, and demonstrate a caring attitude;
  • Take responsibility for personal actions and behaviors;
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues; demonstrate social and relational skills;, and understand and use team-building strategies;
  • Demonstrate willingness to explore and understand personal cultural competence and biases, to be self-aware, and to demonstrate self-regulation in these matters;
  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to a democratic society and democratic discussions;
  • Have habits of mind that
    • Demonstrate persistence and commitment to continuous learning;
    • Demonstrate listening with understanding;
    • Demonstrate flexible thinking and the ability to take multiple perspectives;
    • Demonstrate the willingness to take responsible risks;
    • Demonstrate independent thinking with accountability;
    • Demonstrate appreciation, empathy, and celebration;
    • Demonstrate energy, enthusiasm, and hopefulness.

Educational Leadership Program Practices

A professional educator and leader develops the ability to:

  • Use written, verbal, and non-verbal communication effectively;
  • Assume stewardship of the vision of the educational organization;
  • Act with a reasoned understanding of major historical, philosophical, ethical, social, and economic influences affecting education in a democratic society;
  • Shepherd the planning process through consensus building and delegation;
  • Initiate, manage, and evaluate the change process;
  • Use motivational theory to create conditions for change and improvement;
  • Frame, analyze, and resolve problems using appropriate problem-solving techniques and decision-making skills.

Educational Leadership Program Understandings

A professional educator and leader develops a deep understanding of:

  • Leadership theory, the nature of vision-based leadership, and the role of leadership in developing effective educational environments;
  • Education systems in a democratic society;
  • The influence of law, policy, and politics on education and leadership;
  • The application of learning theory, assessment, and group processes in the educational environment;
  • The role of leadership in advocacy for just, humane, ethical, and equitable educational environments;
  • Organizational theory and development; change theory and change management;
  • The impact and strategic use of resource allocation and human resources;
  • Principles and practices of effective communication, interpersonal relationships, and public relations;
  • Design of inquiry and the use of information management in the conduct and application of research and decision-making;
  • Apply a systems perspective to education, applying operational plans and processes to accomplish strategic goals;
  • Use appropriate interpersonal skills and promote multicultural awareness, gender sensitivity, and racial and ethnic appreciation;
  • Apply and assess current technologies for educational improvement;
  • Accept responsibility for the improvement of the educational setting for all learners, taking appropriate action to create those environments;
  • Align resources with the organizational vision and develop accountability systems.