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Mindful School Leadership: Guidance from Eastern Philosophy on Organizing Schools for Student Success

  • Gordon S. GatesEmail author
  • Barbara Gilbert
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Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)

Abstract

Organizing schools for high reliability is receiving increased attention in educational leadership literature. The processes of reliability proposed for school improvement are largely focused on mindlessness, which raise questions both practical and theoretical. To address identified issues, this chapter examines mindfulness in Eastern philosophy, connects identified concepts and principles to the processes advanced in research on high reliability organizing, and explicates the affordances and limitations for leadership concerned with achieving success for all students. Recommendations and research on mindful school leadership are proposed that speak to professional responsibilities related to instructional leadership, social justice, and educator stress and coping.

Keywords

Mindfulness School improvement Resilience Eastern philosophy Reliability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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