As graduate students tell their stories through a threaded internet conversation, it becomes evident that the trust, communication, transparency, and support that make distributed leadership workable and satisfying in some places is so visibly and painfully lacking in others. Not surprisingly, it is the former schools that, for the most part, produce the most fulfilled teachers and successful students.

Author Biography

Kathleen Dickinson Rockwood is the chair of Educational Leadership and Special Subjects at Manhattanville College, where she has worked since 2002. Germane to her essay in this volume is her work with the PreK-12 area partner district members of her Educational Leadership Consortium in designing a Teacher Leaders program and disseminating a regional survey on teacher leadership. In addition to doing research in teacher leadership, she has tracked the benefits of school-university partnerships and has examined the "mental models" of aspiring school leaders in engaging the broader community.



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