Traditionally, the mission of public schooling has been to serve the common good through upward mobility, transfer of knowledge and inculcation of social values. Managing change is what school leaders do. As well, one of the primary characteristics of the effective school leader is to have a sense of futurity to ongoing improvement of students and thus society as a whole. With sustainability as one of the most pressing issues of our time how can the school leader and teachers model and teach this important aspect of the global environment? Sustainability, in this regard is more than simply an environmental/economic issue. The term also encompasses cultural, political and and economic dimensions. The true school leader of sustainability should think how, beyond self-interest that s/he can enact far reaching and lasting reforms to secure a more prosperous future for their students and the world at large. Within this framework, this poster session aims to go beyond a focus on the role of leadership in sustainability and to help educational leaders apply their skills. Through an effective process, social beings are shaped, knowledge is transferred and the public service role of education is enhanced. Topics to be addressed include paths to sustainability, knowledge management and the link to leadership, organizational culture, modeling sustainable practices and implementation. As well, the session will introduce promising practices in leadership for sustainability which include operating in the political, environmental and social spheres.
Rosemary Papa, Northern Arizona University, USA
Stream: Learning and Teaching in Transnational Spaces - Education for sustainable development
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