Leadership Ethics

taught by John Pijanowski in Fall 2008 

Course links


John Pijanowski's page

Discussion board

Guidelines for a good discussion

Chalk and Wire 

Major Assignments (due)
Activity #1 (10/8)
Activity #2 (10/29)
Activity #3 (12/3)

Helpful Course Resources

Owl at Purdue APA guide 

How to avoid plagiarism


Resources for weeks 11-15

III. Promoting ethical communities in schools


Nov. 5      Building Democratic Community as a Means to Moral Education


Nov. 12     Online - Shaping a Culture of Ethics

  • Read Strike, Ch. 5


Nov. 19    The Mandate to Teach Character

  • Read Strike, Ch. 7
  • Read Damon (2005)


Nov. 26    No Class – Thanksgiving


Dec. 3     Best Practices in character education programs for students           


Resources for weeks 5-10

II. Applying theory to practice for ethical decision-making

Sept. 24    Perception of ethical dilemmas

Developing ethical self awareness as a school leader

Oct. 1 Online Interpretation

                  Identifying competing claims and the drivers behind those claims

Understanding student behavior through an ethical lens

Oct. 8       Ethical Judgment

Choosing among competing claims: school resource allocation

Oct. 15 Online      Prioritization of Values and Metacognition

Socio-cultural obstacles to ethical leadership: 

Incentives behind accountability

  • Read case study #4 
  • Read Bolman, L., & Deal, T. (1999, May). 4 Steps to Keeping Change Efforts Heading In the Right Direction. Journal for Quality & Participation, 22(3), 6. - this article can be found online in full text through the University of Arkansas library system.
  • Post your thoughts on the case to our discussion board as usual

    Oct. 22     No class today - keep up with readings but class has been cancelled - video is posted below Implementation and the Judgment Action Awareness Model

    The courage to act: difficult personnel decision in schools

    Oct. 29     No Class – UCEA Conference

    • Activity #2 due

    Resources for weeks 1-4

    I.Theories of morality, ethics, virtue and justice

    Aug. 27 Introductions, review of syllabus and readings for the semester.

    • Review of course resources and discussion of what it means to be moral

    Sept. 3  Online -The examined life of schools: A discussion of the role of schools in teaching virtue and a review of moral philosophy through the ages

    • Read Strike, Ch.1 and pp. 21-53
    • Post your response to the discussion thread titled "What is education for?" and follow the instructions in my original post. I encourage everyone to read my guidelines for a good discussion page before posting.
    • Watch video with my reflections on your discussion so far:

    Sept. 10  Components of effective moral reasoning

    • Read the class plan for today
    • Read Narvaez - The Neo-Kohlbergian Tradition and Beyond (2005), pp 132-148. This article can be found in full text at the University of Arkansas Library by using an EBSCO Premier search.
    • The powerpoint on moral schemas is now available for your review

    Sept. 17 Online - Conditions of, and obstacles to,                       moral courage

    • Read Kidder and Bracy (2001) - Moral Courage
    • Complete and discuss the ethical dilemma interviews
    • We will continue this discussion in class next week. 
    • Watch lecture on Plato and Rawls - this 1 hour lecture covers a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time and provides an introduction to foundational ideas of fairness and justice that will carry us through much of the semester.