The deadline for submission is 10th May 2013 – in the form of a 2000 word proposal. Pam Angelle has very kindly agreed to co-ordinate this submission. We will submit for a international community-building partnership session/symposium.
At our meeting at UCEA in 2012 when we planned a programme for the year we agreed that at the UCEA Convention we would try to take our work forward by connecting the case study data of our social justice leaders with the wider context in which they work. This would be the local (micro) context of the school – and the policy (macro) context. The aim therefore would be for the presenters to connect the data from their principals with a wider contextual framework – and that if we adopted broadly the same framework this would allow for rich analysis of similarities and differences.
As indicated – Pam will pull the submission together – but she needs our help . . . regardless of whether you will be presenting at UCEA or not . . .
In summary – we need, quite quickly, to agree a framework that we can all adopt, for illuminating the micro and macro contextual issues in which our principals are working. Pam has suggested we might start with a ‘micro-context of the school’ framework I was involved in developing for a report we did for the National College for School Leadership in England.
The report is here – Effective_leadership_in_multi_ethnic_schools and the framework is represented visually on p37. If you read the report, and also an article I wrote (‘When markets and morals collide’ – in the Dropbox ) you will get a sense of how the framework was used, and how local factors shaped the ability of leaders to ‘do’ social justice.
Pam and I are proposing that as a ‘micro-context’ for our framework we use the framework from p37 of the NCSL report (not because it is wonderful, but because it exists and we don’t have much time!). However, we have no corresponding ‘macro-context’ – and we need one. Indeed, for a comparative study across this nations, this is obviously critical (not least because the micro-context can only be understood in relation to a macro-context).
Your help . . . please help us to develop a complete framework, by making some proposals about how a macro- framework might be constructed. What would be in such a framework? And how might the macro ‘connect’ to the micro?
Please help by using the comments facility to respond to this post and let’s see if we can have a collaborative on-line dialogue to develop our framework. If someone could get us started, then we can simply ‘reply’ to keep the debate going. And just to galvanise you into action . . . neither Pam nor I will contribute to this! (My framework starts it off – and Pam will take a lead on pulling it together at the end – but she can only pull together from what has been contributed. If there is nothing there . . . there is no framework!).
On a serious point – to date all our collaborations have been meeting and presenting at conferences. This does tend to exclude those who have not been able to attend any of those conferences. Developing our on-line collaboration is an important way we can work together outside of the conferences – so please do try to contribute, perhaps especially if you have not been able to be involved much previously.
Important final points – the deadline for submission is May 10th. I am proposing that by 31st March we have done TWO things:
- Contribute to the development of the framework as per above
- Indicate to Pam and myself if you want to be part of the symposium session at UCEA. This session will be open to anyone who can attend and who has collected data as per our schedule. Please note – previous Cohort 1/ Cohort 2 groupings do not apply – if you are coming to UCEA, and you want to be part of this session – let us know by 31st March.
This allows Pam the month of April to work with those attending UCEA to draw together the proposal – which we can then share at our meeting at AERA (details here) before Pam finalises it for submission a week later.
Pam and Howard