Be the leader your school community needs The responsibilities of school leaders are increasingly complex. In this book, you will find a problem-solving model to help you think through morally complex situations. These steps will enable you to arrive at innovative solutions that are ethical, logical, culturally sensitive, and in the best interests of students. Packed with real-life vignettes, mental exercises, reflections, checklists, and other templates, these strategies will help you • Understand how ethical standards and core values drive your leadership choices • Approach problems through a lens of equity and care for the students entrusted to you • Recognize when urgent action is called for and when it’s better to slow down in order to thoroughly consider your actions and the potential consequences of those actions As a leader, you face difficult challenges every day. This book will help ensure that the decisions you make are right for your students–and for the whole community.
Promote an Ethical School Culture
School leaders are positioned to influence and energize school culture. A significant part of the job involves helping to establish and implement the school’s vision and values. The ways in which you represent yourself and publicize your expectations influence people’s reactions, which may lead to a highly respected, ethical school culture or could result in a toxic and unethical school culture where staff disregards professional norms and doesn’t strive to learn or improve.
Chapter 4 offers suggestions that readers might consider to ensure they “walk the talk.” By consistently upholding shared values, the leader develops and maintains an ethical school culture that is positive, inviting, full of life, and learning focused. Those who can successfully and ...