The Cost of Leadership for Social Justice: The Price is “RIGHT”

By Don P. Schulte, Charles Robert Schulte, W. Fred Ivy and Barbara Hong.

Published by The Organization Collection

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There are costs of engaging in leadership for social justice. It is suggested that the means of advocacy is strongly related to the personal and professional consequences of school district and community engagement. This article aims not only to inform individuals pursuing credentials in educational leadership of critical issues related to transformative leadership, but also seeks to convey to institutions charged with the preparation of future administrators the real cost of leadership. This purpose will be achieved by presenting a discourse through an open dialogue between two of the authors. Bob is a retired principal who previously engaged in quests for social justice at his school sites. Don, his brother, is currently a university faculty member transitioning from central office platforms from which transformational issues were actively pursued. This discourse will be prefaced by key terms and a theoretical framework. Reflections include recommendations for the next generation of transformative leaders to be aware of their means of advocacy and the reality of probable consequences as a result of their career path.

Keywords: Leadership, Administration, Education, Organizational Change, Organizational Conflict, Organizational Reform, Schools, Collaboration

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.227-238. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.149MB).

Dr. Don P. Schulte

Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership and Foundation, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA

Don Schulte is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Foundations at The University of Texas at El Paso. Before assuming his current position, he served as an associate professor and director of the Educational Administration Program at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Schulte spent about 27 years in public education and held many different positions, including teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, assistant to the superintendent (government relations), assistant superintendent for instruction and superintendent. During his tenure as superintendent, Schulte’s district was academically recognized for its high student performance by the State of Texas. He received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the social and behavioral sciences from the University of Texas El Paso Graduate School in 2001 and the 1991 Gold Nugget Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of UTEP alumni.

Charles Robert Schulte

Retired Principal, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA

Charles Robert Schulte, Jr. has held a number of positions in education over the past 30 years, including teacher, assistant principal, principal, university instructor in educational leadership and consultant. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and also holds teaching and administrator certificates. One of his most significant accomplishments during his career was opening a multi-language magnet school in El Paso, Texas, which offered a leading edge dual language instructional approach. He was also recognized for his ability to organize community support for his schools. Charles is currently retired and does part-time consultant work for various educational entities.

Dr. W. Fred Ivy

Associate Professor, Educational Administration, College of Arts & Science and Education: CASE, Texas A&M University, Texarkana, USA

Dr. Ivy started in ‘special’ education back in the early ‘70s in Texas and realized early on that if he were to impact others in a major way it would have to be through supervision of ‘general’ educators; he would need to represent everyone on campus (and eventually stand for the rights of all stakeholders in the entire school district). He finished a doctorate in supervision and educational administration from the University of Houston in 1976 and subsequently has served as Campus Principal in six districts and has experience as District Superintendent in thee independent school systems. Fred has also taught at the university level off-and-on for over 25 years full-time faculty in Special Education, School Leadership, and a combination of both in the following states in America: Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and began his administrative career in the State of New Mexico.

[His interests in restoring vintage sports cars, an old farm house, and periodic camping, keep him grounded in the ‘grime of life’....]

Dr. Barbara Hong

Associate Professor, Education, Human Development, Social Sciences, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Barbara Hong is an Associate Professor of Education at Penn State Altoona. She obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City after receiving three Masters from the same institutions. Her areas of research include teacher quality and dispositions, special education, ethics of caring, self-empowerment, and educational leadership. Dr. Hong has been working with students for over 20 years, particularly students with special needs. She has been a national and international speaker and consultant throughout her career. She has worked with schools in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Hong is a certified special educator and school administrator.


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