School Leadership in the 21st Century: Challenges and Coping Strategies


Professor, Educational Administration Policy and Leadership, Abraham Shiffman Chair in Secondary Education, Seymour Fox School of Education, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU032000; EDU001000

For many years, public schools served as prominent examples of organizations operating in a stable organizational environment. In the 21st century, however, this notion is gradually changing. Public schools face a dynamic organizational environment characterized by technological innovations, increased social heterogeneity, competition, and contradictory expectations presented by various stakeholders. In addition, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic undermined schools’ basic routines, introducing uncertainty and instability to an extent that school leaders had never experienced before. These changing circumstances have increased the complexity school leaders experience on the job, creating new professional challenges, which are growing in number and sophistication.

This book intends to promote awareness of the complex and unique challenges educational leaders are facing and, in doing so, to introduce a rational and a more balanced voice to the discourse on school leadership.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Leading Public Schools in a Post Pandemic World: Contemporary Challenges
(Adam Nir)

Chapter 2. Challenges of School Principalship in Turkey: Perspective from a Centralized System
(Yasar Kondakci, Merve Zayim Kurtay, and Sevgi Kaya Kasikci – Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)

Chapter 3. The Rise of the Edupreneur: Exploring School Leadership through an Evolutionary Perspective
(Petros Pashiardis and Stefan Brauckmann-Sajkiewicz)

Chapter 4. The Challenges Nurturing School Leaders Face
(Patrice W. Glenn Jones, Warren C. Hope and Kevin A. Rolle)

Chapter 5. Organizational and Pedagogical Leadership in the 21st Century: Standards-Driven and Outcomes-Defined Imperatives
(Joseph Zajda)

Chapter 6. School Leadership for Sustainable Development in Canadian Schools
(Paul Newton and Idowu Mary Mogaji)

Chapter 7. Equity and Social Justice: Challenges for K-12 Educational Leaders
(Lavetta Henderson)

Chapter 8. School Leadership in a Culturally Diverse Setting: A Juxtaposition of Challenges and Strategies from National and International Schools in Malaysia
(Muhammad Faizal A. Ghani and Joseph M. Velarde)

Chapter 9. School Principals’ Socialization Challenges: A Case Study in Greece
(Eleni A. Katsigianni, Helen Skouteris and Amalia A. Ifanti)

Chapter 10. School Leadership Preparation: Addressing Key Questions
(Tony Bush)

Chapter 11. Policy Implementations in Schools: The Chain of Command and Its Intervening Spaces
(Olof Johansson and Helene Ärlestig)

Chapter 12. Leadership of Schools in the Future
(David Gurr)


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