Includes: state of affairs; evolution of school leadership conceptual frameworks; leadership and policymaking paradigms; table top theory; urban school leadership preparation and alternative certification; professional development; and leadership succession.
Part I: State of Affairs: Across America. What is meant by "urban". Why the focus on "urban?" (urban vs. rural vs. suburban). Leadership challenges in urban settings. Part II: Evolution of School Leadership Conceptual Frameworks. General history of educational leadership. Scientific models of leadership. Human relations model of leadership. Effective Schools and Instructional Leadership. Learner-centered leadership. Part III: Leadership and Policy Making Paradigms. Pluralist paradigm. Elite paradigm. Integrative theory. Systems theory. Part IV: Table Top Theory as a Model for Urban School Leadership: Case Studies. The St. Louis school district case study: Siege, conflict and harmony. The Kansas City school district case study: Siege, conflict and harmony. Part V: Urban School Leadership Preparation and Alternative Certification. Developing an urban focused curriculum. University faculty development for urban leadership preparation. Field-based/clinical development. Community-university partnerships and urban leadership preparation. Part VI: Professional Development for Urban School Leaders. Integrating education, communications and business. Institutionalizing professional development at the district level. Part VII: Leadership Succession. School leadership and legacy planning.