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Professor shares perspective on leadership with national journal

June 15, 2014

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Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Mollie Galloway has written “Beyond Individual Effectiveness: Conceptualizing Organizational Leadership for Equity,” for the current issue of the journal Leadership and Policy in Schools.

In the piece, Galloway argues that national standards focus on individual leadership while research in the field “offers limited guidance regarding how organizational leadership might address persistent opportunity and outcome disparities by student race, class, ethnicity, home language, and/or ability.”

Galloway then describes 10 key leadership practices that range from taking little action to address gaps between dominant and marginalized groups, to exemplary equitable practice. Exemplary practices include writing a shared understanding of an organization’s purpose to guide decision making, and giving low-income students access to quality materials and teachers.

In her earlier research, Galloway studied and engaged in collaborative efforts with local schools and educational organizations to address issues of equity in K-12 schools. She has also published widely on the prevalence of cheating among affluent high school students.

Said Galloway, “This piece is reflective of my interest and engagement in research, practice, and policy related to equity and the construction of privilege.”

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