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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2015
This essay addresses the care of the self as an important aspect in the development of educational leaders. It draws upon Michel Foucault's analysis of power and its relationship to his understanding of ethics as a practice one cultivates and takes on in the interests of leadership development. Foucault's work in these areas is timely for graduate…
Descriptors: Ethics, Instructional Leadership, Faculty Development, Individual Development
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
A system of accountability in public schools predicated upon standardized testing accompanied by high-stakes consequences for leaders, as well as teachers and students, has posed a daunting challenge to educational leaders who align themselves with core tenets of progressive education. This essay explores what it might mean--and take--to stay true…
Descriptors: Accountability, Values, Standardized Tests, Educational Change
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Regrettably, accountability has largely come to mean suffering externally imposed consequences if results on simplistic, reductive measures of success are not met. Just as worrisome, this notion of accountability is internalized, deemed inevitable, and trivializes our understanding of moral accountability. This essay is an attempt to posit an…
Descriptors: Accountability, Perspective Taking, Friendship, Role
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
In this essay I examine what it could mean to act courageously in the midst of the troubling, disabling degree of standardization taking hold in schools. What does it take to express what I call "everyday courage"? First, there are no guarantees that one's good work will produce the outcomes one desires and is committed to realizing. I call this…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Academic Standards, Standardized Tests, Creativity