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Ethical Leadership in Schools: Creating Community in an Environment of Accountability


reviewed by Harvey B. Alvy — March 20, 2007

coverTitle: Ethical Leadership in Schools: Creating Community in an Environment of Accountability
Author(s): Kenneth A. Strike
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412913500 , Pages: 176, Year: 2006
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Ethical leadership is an important and popular theme in today’s school administration literature. Kenneth A. Strike, in Ethical Leadership in Schools, provides a seasoned voice to this topic by challenging school leaders to recognize that ethical leadership is more than resolving issues of right and wrong, it is “the art of creating good school communities” (p. 3). Strike addresses community by linking classical philosophical and ethical issues (e.g., the examined life, utilitarianism, universal rules) with current school realities (e.g., fair allocation of resources, testing accountability, creating a professional community). This approach aligns with John Dewey’s belief that schools must link theory and practice by mirroring the good society through democratic principles (Dewey, 1916). Strike’s seven chapters are easy to follow. Often, he begins chapters with a prologue, a realistic scenario, and a sequential introduction of coming topics (e.g., “I argue three essential points…” p. 63). Strike expects much from school leaders—both... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 20, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13833, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 12:46:57 AM

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  • Harvey Alvy
    Eastern Washington University
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    HARVEY B. ALVY is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. Dr. Alvy served in the principalship for more than a decade in both elementary and secondary schools. He was selected as an NAESP National Distinguished Principal for American Overseas Schools in 1991 and is a founding member of the Principals’ Training Center for International Schools. In 2004, Dr. Alvy received the Eastern Washington University (EWU) CenturyTel Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. He co-authored with Pam Robbins The New Principal’s Fieldbook: Strategies for Success (April, 2004, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development); the Corwin Press best seller, The Principal’s Companion (2nd edition, 2003); and If I Only Knew…Success Strategies for Navigating the Principalship (1998, Corwin Press). Current research interests include teacher supervision, moral leadership, the newcomer to the principalship, and the leadership of Abraham Lincoln.
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