An effective educational leader has developed a personal philosophy of educational leadership that extends the philosophy they developed as a teacher and can evaluate his or her personal philosophy of education through the contextual lens of history and politics of K-12 education. An understanding of the major historical events, political issues, and trends influencing education in the last 70 years should be reflected in this leadership philosophy. This philosophy influences how the leader manages the strategic planning process and the outcomes of the plan, as well as how the leader integrates diverse philosophies brought forward by stakeholders.
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Write a paper (2,000-2,250 words) that connects your philosophy of education with the major historical events and political issues that have influenced K-12 education over the last 70 years. Include the following in your paper:
- A summary of the major historical events and political issues that have influenced K-12 education over the last 70 years. (Benchmarks C7.1: Explore the history and politics of K-12 education.)
- An identification of three current trends in education and describe your analysis and evaluation of their effects on current leadership strategies, classroom practices, and student outcomes. (Benchmarks C7.4: Analyze and evaluate current trends and issues in K-12 education with regard to their effects on leadership strategies, classroom practices, and student outcomes.)
- A formulation of a philosophy of education that synthesizes historical events and political issues into a relevant statement that enables an educational leader to successfully manage the strategic planning process