It is through my personal experiences as an educator, activist, policy advisor, activist researcher, and my involvement with creating a Social Justice12 curriculum for the British Columbia Ministry that I gained confidence, that through transformative educational leadership (TEL) we can empower students, schools, and society to claim the world we want for ourselves and our future. More importantly, I was inspired by a young transformational leader named Emily Silverstein, to speak out on behalf of our children and youth, who deserve an education that does more than prepare them to become consumers, workers, and members of an industrial complex – but rather creators of a better world. It is because of Emily Silverstein, whose life was tragically and violently taken on April 9, 2009 that I delved into a mountain of research on TEL and discovered that the claims and the characteristics that other researchers attested to were inadequate. I will expose these inadequacies, present my “Better World” transformational educational leadership claims and characteristics, and model how we can begin to create TEL by revising our educational mission statements.
|Keywords:||Transformative Educational Leadership, Activist Research, Social Justice, Educational Mission Statements, Better World, Emily Silverstein, Critical Theory|
PhD Part-Time Student and BC Teacher, Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Windsor, Fernie, BC, Canada
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