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ERIC Number: EJ874704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1541-6224
Voices of Women in the Field: Lessons from the Land of Administrative Oz
Renner, Carol
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v3 n4 p295-297 Oct 2005
The classic fairy tale, the "Wizard of Oz," may have some lessons for female teachers considering school administration. Just as Dorothy, female educators experience the same perplexing emotions, questioning the right career destiny, experiencing stormy situations that thrust them into career paths, exploring the unpredictable paths to their destiny, meeting mentors who help them through the journey of challenging obstacles, always completing all of life's requirements before the goal is met, and ultimately, learning to believe in themselves as the source of personal success. Dorothy showed the importance of mentors along the path of life. Mentors who can honestly share their experiences, hopes, strengths, and weaknesses are important to new administrators. Relationships with mentors makes one reflect on personal strengths and supports one in a successful administrative career. The characters in the "Wizard of Oz" show females some of the traits to apply in successful administrative careers. Women in pursuit of administrative roles sometimes question their own "knowledge" or capacity to lead (like the scarecrow's quest for a "brain"). This is overcome by believing in self and just doing the leadership job. Sometimes a community may question a female administrator's ability to show "courage" in the face of adversity. As displayed by the lion, taking charge of one's self-talk and making the hard decisions is the demonstration of courage. Female role models, at home, as single moms, as career professionals, or political officials are all making the tough decisions and standing up for what is right. As a school administrator, there is ongoing opportunity to demonstrate ethical behavior and show courage. Unlike the tin man's quest for heart, female administrators typically apply "heart" in the decisions made on behalf of students. Let care and support of others show. Make decisions on behalf of each family's need. Schools need strong administrators who pursue goals with persistent determination, yet use their intelligence, confidence, and care to get results. Dorothy's journey in the Land of Oz provides a good model for female teachers in quest of administrative jobs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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