Bridge Leadership

Connecting Educational Leadership and Social Justice to Improve Schools

Edited by:
Autumn K. Tooms, Kent State University
Christa Boske, Kent State University

A volume in the series: Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Editor(s): Jeffrey S. Brooks, Monash University. Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University. Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University. Sandra Harris, Lamar University. Whitney Sherman Newcomb, Virginia Commonwealth University. George Theoharis, Syracuse University.

Published 2010

This is the first chronicle of the history of social justice as a line of inquiry within the field of educational administration. Editors Tooms and Boske have amassed a collective voice of leaders in the field of Educational Administration who have broken barriers and expanded the field through their own work and scholarship within a national and international arena. Many of these narratives are the first time tellings of the challenges and successes found in the works of this group of scholars of historic significance.

This collection is written and organized into practical and easy to digest sections. They are part history lesson, and part practical teaching tool for those who prepare school leaders. Anyone from school leaders to academics interested or charged with unpacking the messy intersections between school leadership and issues of social justice will find inspiration and easy to understand explanations of leadership and equity work within the chapters presented.

Endorsement: “Bridge Leadership is a powerful and fascinating new volume that explores the intersections of social justice and educational leadership. What distinguishes it from other social justice work is that it is much more personal than most such texts. Many of the book’s authors share poignant excerpts of their life stories and connect them to the theoretical constructs, historical events, and political struggles of social justice. The foregrounding of these personal stories and the bridges they create with social justice gives the volume a raw power not found in other social justice works. I could not put the volume down!” ~ Ulrich C. Reitzug, University of North Carolina,Greensboro

CONTENTS
Foreword, Margaret Grogan. Series Editor Preface, Jeffrey S. Brooks. Introduction: Social Justice and Doing “Being Ordinary”, Christa Boske and Autumn K. Tooms. PART I: LOOKING INWARD. Surviving While Dismantling One’s Professional Culture: The Honor/Struggle for the Feminist Academic, Catherine Marshall. Scenic Overlook: Chapters 1 and 2. A Time to Grow: Workplace Mobbing and the Making of a Tempered Radical, Christa Boske. Scenic Overlook: Chapters 2 and 3. What’s a Nice Dyke Like You Embracing This Postmodern Crap? Catherine A. Lugg. Scenic Overlook: Chapters 3 and 4. “Fire in the Belly”: Igniting a Social Justice Discourse in Learning Environments of Leadership Preparation, Gaetane Jean-Marie. PART II: THE LEADERSHIP BRIDGE. Leading Justly in a Complex World, Carolyn M. Shields. PART III: LOOKING OUTWARD. The Miseducation of a Professor of Educational Administration: Learning and Unlearning Culturally (Ir)relevant Leadership, Jeffrey S. Brooks. Scenic Overlook: Chapters 5 and 6. Individual Transformation for Global Impact: Increasing Global Citizenship Through Study Abroad, Colleen L. Larson and Teboho Moja. Scenic Overlook: Chapters 6 and 7. Unlocking the Door to International Collaboration: The Power of Interpersonal Relationships and Learning Communities, Bruce Barnett and Gary O’Mahony. Scenic Overlook: Chapters 7 and 8. Personal Reflections on an Organizational Transformation: UCEA’s Re-Emerging Role in a World of Interdependent Nations, Stephen Jacobson. PART IV: THE REFLECTING POOL. The Reflecting Pool, Autumn K. Tooms and Christa Boske. Epilogue, Ira Bogotch and Dilys Schoorman. About the Authors.