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Leadership and Ethics

The most pervasive activity in the work lives of principals is making decisions, and the essence of decision-making is the choice of actions and/or behaviors from among options. Choice from an array of options requires that a principal establish criteria by which options may be weighed. Such behavior must be based on a clear understanding of one’s values and ethics. This training session will explore the generic processes of decision-making and give participating principals the opportunity to reflect on their own values and ethics. Such reflection can serve as a foundation for developing personal capacities for making better choices for students and all the persons who have stakes in schools and school operations. Brief vignettes and case descriptions will be used to illustrate moral reasoning processes and give program participants opportunities to examine their own ethical frameworks in relation to the situations described in the cases.