Transforming K-12 Educational Leadership Through Diversity Awareness, Executive Coaching, and Closing the Digital Divide

Journal of Leadership Symposium

Abstract: 

Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) educational leaders have the responsibility and accountability for guiding the community (all stakeholders) through crisis and change. The entire educational landscape changed because of the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 coupled with the rekindling of social injustices for people of color and the acute awareness of the digital divide, which is disrupting the learning of youth in America and around the world. The educational landscape shifted in terms of safely providing educational opportunities for over 1.6 billion (89%) of the world’s children (UNESCO, 2020). National and international educational communities are confronted with addressing the immediate needs of all stakeholders, based on the immediacy of changes required due to the worldwide pandemic. Over 190 countries faced educational dilemmas during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis (UNESCO, 2020). These concerns have caused worldwide educational communities to scramble for instant and sustainable answers to keep up with the rapidly evolving changes and the future of education. Within America, one of the hardest hit entities was K-12 school communities and school leaders. As a direct result of the crisis, America’s K-12 population of over 55 million students (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019) felt the impingement of problems and revealed who had equal access to education, who had resources, how the community was being or not being supported, and other school leadership challenges (Turner-Lee, 2020). K-12 leaders use various skills and strategies to influence how leaders and professional communities grow and embrace emerging paradigm shifts. Coupled with the impact of the pandemic on the education system, social changes and challenges erupted to directly reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the political and education systems in terms of diversity, executive coaching, and narrowing the digital divide. Building community must extend beyond regular networks if we are to learn more about what works and add new and sustainable dimensions to professional learning and development via executive-style coaching.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Sandra Sessoms-Penny
Jeffrey Rhymes
Year of Publication: 
2021
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Leadership Studies
Volume: 
15
Issue: 
1
Edition: 
2021
Publisher: 
Wiley Online Library
Date Published: 
Monday, May 24, 2021
Publication Language: 
English
DOI: 
https://doi.org/10.1002/jls.21735

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