The Standards Of The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium

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Cordeiro and Cunningham (2013) provide several self-assessment tools that are valuable in determining the ethics that guide one 's thinking and practice and identifying leadership traits that affect one 's effectiveness in an educational organization. One such tool is a comprehensive list of statements pertaining to ethics in the first chapter of the authors ' textbook that may prompt one to think about his or her own beliefs about a variety of topics in education, including vision, school culture, learning environment, interpersonal communication, and accountability, among other topics (Cordeiro & Cunningham, 2013). These statements directly relate to the six standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. There are many statements from the text that coincide with my beliefs, and it makes sense that they would because they tie to these standards of professional educational leaders. However, there are a few statements that do not coincide with my beliefs. I disagree with the statement that “all students can and will learn” (Cordeiro & Cunningham, 2013, p. 27). While it is my belief that all students can learn, I do not believe that all students will learn. This is not a pessimistic view of education, but it is a realistic one. There are many factors that would cause a student to not learn that are beyond the control of a school, such uncooperative parents or an unwilling child. I have seen this play out in my own experience as an teacher of an
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