School leaders and educators confront complexity daily in their service. To counter the chaos, collective leadership approaches that invite multiple stakeholders within and outside schools are critical in preparing students for a highly diverse world. Social darkness and isolation must be eradicated and education that provides more opportunities for peace and hope must become the core of school vision. Communities and schools must work together now.
Lyle Hamm is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. His research, teaching, and mentoring practice, broadly speaking, focuses on supporting educators, school leaders, and students who live, serve, and learn in demographically-changing schools and communities.
Chapter One: Building Peace in a Complex and Turbulent World
Chapter Two: The Blurry Path of Leadership in 2020
Chapter 3: Wrestling with Darkness – 1999-2020
Chapter 4: Bleeding Hearts and Butchers
Chapter Five: From Darkness Towards Light
Chapter Six: Why Peace?
Lyle Hamm has written a book to support us as educators in our daily work of promoting peace and hope amidst the rapid changes in society, complex issues of diversity and immigration, and tragic events. He promotes a message that we, as educators, can communicate this hope through shared stories that cause us to pause and re-evaluate our place in “community” with others. The case studies and thought-provoking discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this book an excellent tool for book studies or leadership training.
Lyle Hamm's experiences as a teacher, school administrator, professor and researcher shine a light of hope in a time of uncertainty and "turbulence" in our education systems. His ability to use narratives and questions cleverly captures the paramount challenges facing educators, leaders, and school systems throughout North America. His emphasis on personal connection, authentic relationships, and a genuine emphasis on the power of humanity resonate as solutions in a post-pandemic world.
I can’t think of a better way to describe the world of education right now…we are faced with “turbulence” each and every day. Just because the waters are rough, doesn’t mean we can’t stay focused on quality leading and learning and continue paddling towards our destination. Lyle does a tremendous job at describing many challenges in our system and provides the reader with ample opportunity to reflect on how to continue prioritizing what is important for educational leaders and teachers.