Advocacy Leadership: Toward a Post-Reform Agenda in Education

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 6, 2009 - Education - 216 pages
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In this timely and important new book, Gary Anderson provides a devastating critique of why a managerial role for educational leaders is counterproductive, especially for improving opportunities for low-income students and students of color, and instead proposes ways of re-theorizing educational leadership to emphasize its advocacy role. Advocacy Leadership lays out a post-reform agenda that moves beyond the neo-liberal, competition framework to define a new accountability, a new pedagogy, and a new leadership role definition. Drawing on personal narrative, discourse analysis, and interdisciplinary scholarship, Anderson delivers a compelling argument for the need to move away from current inauthentic and inequitable approaches to school reform in order to jump-start a conversation about an alternative vision of education today.

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About the author (2009)

Gary L Anderson is a former teacher and principal, and is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University where he co-developed a new masters degree in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy.

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