This Facilitator's Guide to Michael Fullan's bestselling book, The Moral Imperative of School Leadership, has been designed to provide staff developers and educational leaders with all the tools needed to design a workshop or study group focusing on the idea of the head teacher as pivotal to large-scale school improvement. It features study questions and highlights for each chapter, activities for workshops, sample workshop agendas, and guidelines for different group sizes, whether small or large.
Key topics from the book are examined, including what is the moral purpose of school leadership and why it plays such a critical role in "changing the context" in which the role is embedded. In this bold step forward, the author calls for headteachers to become agents as well as beneficiaries of the processes of school change. In an effort to make the position more rewarding and exciting, he shifts the headteacher's role from one of a site-based superman or superwoman, and recasts it as one in which headteachers figure prominently both within their school and within the larger school system that surrounds them. Concepts explored indepth include:
- Why "changing the context" should be the main agenda for the headship
- Why barriers to the headship exist
- Why the head should be seen as the COO (chief operating officer) of a school
- Why the role of the head should figure more prominently within the system
- What individuals and the system can do to transform school leadership to a powerful new force
This Facilitator's Guide will help deepen readers' understanding of the concepts in The Moral Imperative of School Leadership and provide opportunities for reflection and dialogue. It can be used for individual study and for groups of any size - from 2 to 200.