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Mission of the Department of Educational Leadership

Our mission is to encourage the development of leaders who assume responsibility for sharing education to make students’ lives more meaningful. Our core values are that school leadership is an intellectual, moral, and craft practice, and that transformation leadership entails a commitment to equity and social justice, critical thinking, and the forging of collaborative links between educational institutions and communities. We seek to assist prospective leaders as they explore the possibilities for new futures and new educational institutions. While each program is guided by a detailed mission statement, all programs reflect our seven core principles. These principles were developed in the 1990s, affirmed in 1998, and revised in 2007.

Seven Principles

Courses and programs in the Department of Educational Leadership are organized around seven core principles:

  • The primary goal of public education is to prepare leaders and students for the responsibilities of democracy and social justice.
  • Education is situated in the cultural, political, and moral contexts of institutions and societies.
  • Diversity is an essential element of education.
  • While the central focus of educational leadership must be the transformation of educational institutions, leaders must not only be able to transform organizations, but also navigate in the present environment.
  • Leadership is an intellectual, moral, and craft practice.
  • Leadership is a process of power-sharing rather than power-imposing; it works toward collaboration, emancipation, and empowerment.
  • Faculty and students must make a commitment to community. The building and development of community must not be assumed, but must be continuously nurtured and supported.