Transformational Educational Leadership for a Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World

By Louise Gonsalvez.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp.23-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 781.229KB).

Dr. Louise Gonsalvez

PhD Part-Time Student and BC Teacher, Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Windsor, Fernie, BC, Canada

I am a high school teacher, activist and PhD student. I was on the writing team for the BC Ministry of Education Social Justice 12 course and I was one of the first teachers to pilot this very popular course. I have been on the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation Committee for Action on Social Justice for five years and have created workshops, policy and articles for them. For my masters degree I examined water policy in South Africa.


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