Hegemony, Principal Preparation, and the Language of the Oppressor: The Elusive Preparation of Socially Just School Leaders

  • Jacob D. SkousenEmail author
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School leader preparation has a long history in the United States. For approximately a century, school leadership preparation programs have been developed, critiqued, reformed, and restructured, and this continues today. There are multiple purposes of this chapter: First, to respond to the question “how can school leaders be prepared in a way that would support a high-level of success in practice, especially in leading schools to further social justice, while acknowledging that the traditional preparation of school leaders has been insufficient?”: Second, to problematize what researchers have said about school leader preparation: Finally, to reconsider, and move beyond, what has been conceptualized as school leader preparation to develop leaders for social justice. In order to develop social justice-oriented school leaders, inclusion of a vision of school leadership which incorporates the broader societal implications of implementing socially just practices in schools is crucial.


Principal preparation Leadership for social justice School leadership Visionary leadership preparation Socially just school leadership practices 


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  1. 1.University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)Las VegasUSA

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  1. 1.The Graduate SchoolSoka University of AmericaAliso ViejoUSA

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