The Way Forward

  • Carolyn M. Shields
  • Ira Bogotch
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 29)


The purpose of the Handbook was not to promote social justice talk, but rather to demonstrate the critical need for a bold new approach to educational leadership – an approach that has the potential to make a difference to the peace, prosperity, and welfare of our global community. It is not possible, as early scholars of educational leadership in North America argued, to exercise leadership that is objective and devoid of values, subjectivity, or moral purpose. It is not sufficient to operate educational institutions that promote the achievement of those who already hold status, power, and influence in society. It is not sufficient for those who hold power to argue that others have similar opportunities to succeed if only they work hard enough. Educational leaders must strive to create institutions of excellence that level the playing fields, that “float all boats,” and that transform the circumstances of the least advantaged in every milieu. We must remove the barriers to participation, inclusion, and achievement to ensure every student in every classroom – child, youth, or adult – has the opportunity to succeed. And we must ensure that educational success is only the beginning. We conclude this international handbook on educational leadership and social (in)justice with just three words, the way forward, knowing full well that the real work doesn’t end with this publication. It cannot. It must not. So let us be clear upfront: the use of the phrase “social justice” does not make it a reality. We believe sincerely that we are leaving you in a much stronger political and intellectual position than when you first began selectively looking at individual chapters in this handbook. The hundred or so authors have challenged us to think and act and stay committed to social justice as an educational construct in whatever community, state, or nation we live.


Social Justice Educational Leadership Social Injustice Leadership Practice Moral Purpose 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational Leadership and Research MethodologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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