November 2018
Newsletter of the Center for Educational Improvement
Transformational Leadership:
The Way Forward
Dear Educators,
Looking at your school, where is your energy? Is it fierce? Do you have an intense commitment? What is your dream? And are you able to inspire others? Do you find that your teachers lean into your guidance? Are they able to see beyond the daily grind to a way forward that will help to establish a pathway to the future - one that will result in more meaningful experiences for youth? This month, we look at transformational leadership, including the latest research and the relationship to social justice, innovation, and mindful leadership.
Mindfulness and Transformational Leadership
By Christine Mason

Visions and Inspiration

“Transformational leaders do not think in one place and time, rather, they construct mental models that bridge the present to the future.”

(Thoms & Greenberger, 1995)

Consider our world today. In Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart Centered Communities where Students Focus and Flourish, with co-authors Michele Rivers Murphy and Yvette Jackson, I explored the potential for transforming our world through reducing violence and increasing compassion. Our bridge to the future is mindfulness. We began that book by stating, “What if we pay less attention to what isn’t working, feel less pressure from the many mandates and demands that teaching and learning present, and develop a more caring lens. . . envision a balance of academics and conversations about life, a balance between doing well and feeling great…” (p.1). Admittedly, we are interested in transforming schools and have a distinct vision for the future of education. As James MacGregor Burns (1978) and others have suggested, we believe in the power of long-term visioning and are interested in followers becoming leaders and moral agents for change. 

Part II: Transformational Leadership is the Key to Empowering Students 
By Lindsey Erin Feltis, CEI Intern, and Christine Mason

In our last article on transformational leadership (September, 2018), we introduced you to some of the guiding components of transformational leadership and its benefits. In this article, we want to reiterate some of its benefits, and illustrate why transformational leadership truly is the key to inspiring and empowering students in the classroom.

Leadership for the 21st Century
By Michael Chirichello, Ed.D. International Educational Consultant

School leaders must build a vision that focuses on the whole child and makes social, emotional and academic learning the mission of schools (Darling-Hammond, 2018). The testing culture must give way to a new culture that nurtures not only academic learning but also social and emotional learning (SEL).

Christine Mason & Michele Rivers Murphy. Contact CEI for more information
"Education can become a self-fulfilling activity, liberating in and of itself." Abraham Maslow

How transformational is your leadership?

Christine Mason
Center for Educational Improvement