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From an intercultural perspective, educational leadership refers to those in positions of influence at all levels of education, in an increasingly interconnected, multicultural, globalized world. Being an effective and capable educational leader in this context demands intercultural competence. The serious achievement gaps among different ethnic groups are a major concern in countries throughout the world. By the year 2042, the majority of the U.S. population will be cultural groups formerly known as the minority groups, and today, the majority of those born are from these groups. Thus, schools in the United States are growing dramatically in cultural diversity. As a result of both forced and voluntary migrations, even countries previously perceived to be ethnically homogeneous (e.g., Japan and Korea) are now becoming increasingly multicultural.

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