Transforming into an Educational Leader

Author(s): Daniel T Cunniff, Donna L Elder, Wayne Padover, JUDITH R. CUNNIFF

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2018

Pages: 256


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There comes a time for most promising teachers when they are feeling confident in their role as educators with the awareness that there is always room to improve their skill-set.

The change in roles from teacher to educational leader brings about changes in how others view you, how you need to view yourself, and what you need to do to maintain a high standard of quality leadership. To maintain a high standard of leadership, it is critical to understand what you need to do to perform at your highest level.

The NEW second edition of Transforming into an Educational Leader by Daniel T. Cunniff, Donna L. Elder, and Wayne Padover offers a reality check on how to transform yourself into an educational leader.

The publication acts as a roadmap for all leaders in any organization to:

  • Aid in problem solving
  • Handle conflict management
  • Create change
  • Deal with change
  • Manage ethical transparency
  • Enable approachability
  • Guarantee accountability
  • Prepare for opportunities





About the Editors


“There’s a way to do it better—find it.” —Thomas Edison

Introduction: Thank You for Choosing to Be an Educational Leader—Wayne Padover, Ph.D.

Qualities of an Educational Leader—Wayne Padover, Ph.D.


“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” —French Proverb

Leadership Styles and Practices—Daniel T. Cunniff, Ph.D

Millennial Generational Learning and Leading Traits, Challenges and

Implications for Teaching and Leading—Suzanne F. Evans, Ed.D., and Susan G. Porter, Ph.D.

Effective Leadership: Research Findings vs. Practical Experience—George Beckwith, Ed.D

Leadership Strategies in Facilitating an Organizational Change—Glenn Sewell, Ed.D

What Are the Most Effective Leadership Styles for Improving Teaching and Learning?—Clifford Tyler, Ed.D

University Partnerships with Teachers and Students to Enhance the

Teaching and Learning Experience—Daniel T. Cunniff, Ph.D.

Managing Educational Leadership and Online Teaching in a Changing and Diverse Technological Society—Daniel T. Cunniff, Ph.D.,and Judith R. Cunniff, MPA.

The Higher Education Leadership Personal Skill Set for the 21st Century—Joseph M. Marron, Ed.D


“Who shall kindle others must himself glow.” — Italian Proverb

Academic Optimism: How a School’s Collective Efficacy Inspires Innovative Change—Teri Marcos, Ed.D

Collaborative Student Behavior Modification: A Model for Emerging Educational Administrators, Teachers, Students, and Staff—David H. Kurth, Ph.D

Fostering Values for the Global Age: Refocusing Accountability to Ensure Success for All—R. D. Nordgren, Ph.D


“It is time for us to release ourselves from simplistic and ineffective prescriptions; the time to dream is upon us.”—Carl Glickman

A Basic Business Model for Innovative Educational Leaders—Daniel T. Cunniff, Ph.D., and Judith R. Cunniff, MPA.

It Takes an Innovative Educational Leader and a Village—Donna Elder, Ed.D and Wayne Padover, Ph.D.

Views from the Fringes of Public Education—Donna Elder, Ed.D.


“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin” —Mother Teresa

Introduction—Daniel T. Cunniff, Ph.D.

Leading with Social Media—Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, Ed.D.

Building on the Past: The Basic Antinomy—Louis Wildman, Ed.D.

American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline—Edmund Sass, Ed.D.

Epilogue—Daniel T. Cunniff, Ph.D.


Daniel T Cunniff

Daniel T. Cunniff, Ph.D. is the senior editor of this textbook, and was the past interim chair of the Department of Educational Administration in the School of Education, at National University based in La Jolla, California. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from Walden University in Educational Administration. Dan has been a teacher at all grade levels, a principal, an assistant superintendent in Fairbanks, Alaska, and a superintendent of schools in the north county of San Diego. Dr. Cunniff has worked as an international business consultant and was an educational advisor to American Samoa’s Educational Television System. Educational technology and Leadership have been a large part of Dr. Cunniff ’s research agenda and he has published the textbook “Ethics for Visionary School Leaders”, was lead editor for the textbook “Innovative Educational Leadership through the Cycle of Change”, and has presented internationally. Currently, Dr. Cunniff is working at National University as a professor and the lead faculty for the Department of Educational Administration. He was the State Treasurer for the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration, has been an active member of CAPEA for a decade, and a recipient of National University’s Professoriate Award.

Donna L Elder

Donna Elder, Ed.D. is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Sanford College of Education at National University. She is also the Past President of the International Association of University Affiliated Schools. She brings more than thirty eight years of experience as a public and  independent school teacher, coordinator, principal and superintendent of schools for three school districts in California. Additionally, she served as Director of the UCLA Laboratory School Program with specific responsibility for the fund development aspect of the program. Dr. Elder received her Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University, Master’s from Texas A&M University and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Wayne Padover

Wayne Padover, Ph.D. is a Professor at National University in La Jolla, California. He taught and served as an administrator at pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school levels. His roles have been general education teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, deputy superintendent and superintendent of schools at three school districts for a total of twenty years. He has served urban, suburban and rural school communities. In addition, he was a consultant to the California Department of Education and Past-President of the California Association of Professors of Education Administration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National School Foundation Association and the California Consortium of Educational Foundations. Dr. Padover received his Bachelor’s Degree from the New York State University at Oneonta, Master’s Degrees from the University of Michigan
and San Jose State University as well as a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon.


Judith R. Cunniff, B.S., MPA is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from National University. She has held management positions in major food corporations, and worked as a paralegal to the State of Washington’s District Attorney. Judith has had a diverse career in both business and education, working as a dietitian, buyer/merchandiser for a major grocery food chain, supervisor, teacher, copywriter, paralegal, notary public, real estate agent, restaurant owner, a co-innkeeper for a bed and breakfast/ranch and an administrative assistant at K–12 and university levels as well as president of her homeowner’s association. Ms. Cunniff is the author of “The Crisis of Methamphetamine and its Management” published in the American Journal of Business Education 2008. Her research agenda has focused on criminal justice, drug addiction, and business
approaches to educational administration.

“This book was great! It helped me in many areas understand the in dept responsibility of leadership roles in Higher Education. As I further my career in Higher Education, I will utilize this book to reference to. Providing more examples of issues in higher education helps me and maybe others understand the material.”
–Sherrigo McNeil, Student

“This text is an excellent anthology of current School Leadership literature.” –Harry Weinberg, Ed.D, Former San Diego County Supt. of Schools, CSUSM faculty

“Reading this book is like engaging in a dialog with a roomful of leadership experts. It takes you underneath the assumptions of common conversations to the research and experiences of expert teachers and learners.” -Dr. Gloria L. Johnston, former Dean of the School of Education, National University, La Jolla, California

“If leaders are to be effective innovative leaders, they have to have practice leading. Innovative Educational Leadership Through the Cycle of Change can encourage educational leaders to be thoughtful change agents for good in schools.” -Dr. Cheryl Cox, educator and community leader

“When theory and practice come together, you can expect something good. Innovative Educational Leadership Through the Cycle of Change is more than expected. It is not only good, it is a real “how to textbook…” –Dr. Larry Powell, Fresno, California County Superintendent of Schools

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