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ISLLC STANDARDS AND SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
|Posted By: george bedard on October 18, 2004|
I think the authors have created a straw dog to demolish in their argument - that the standards necessarily mean "all power and responsibilties to the principal" (to paraphrase Lenin). The standards, like everything else in education, is highly context-driven and should be interpreted and adapted to suit contexts and trends that vary. The process of interpretation and adaptation should allow educative bodies, of whatever stripe, enough creativity to embed standards in a deeper and wider dimension of leadership. The attendant literature on the standards (one thinks of Joseph Murphy and Ken Leithwood) would suggest that this is so.
My colleague at the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Art Aitken and I, Dr. George Bedard, have recently contributed a lengthy paper on this topic. It can be found at http://www.ucalgary.ca/~iejll/ (Volume 8/9).
George J. Bedard, PhD
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The University of Lethbridge
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