Geoffrey Isherwood, a professor in McGill’s Faculty of Education, had been writing “The Book”, the story of his career as an educator. However, when he died in the summer of 1998, part of his legacy was the unfinished manuscript. To complete the story, in 2000, we invited former students and colleagues to contribute personal narratives about how they had “played out their lives”, and were soon overwhelmed with contributions, many being stories of working with and being influencd by Geof Isherwood.
Now a Reader of Leadership in Education from 1966 to 1998, the book includes stories of many educational leaders. It is about the development of educators, based upon the story of one educator. It is also about storytelling. The stories are a dance between some of Geof Isherwood’s writings and those of his former colleagues and students. They join hands to tell a story of educational leadership. Together the reveal the unique beat and the soul of education. The stories are about that leadership which puts ideas into action by influencing people in ways that inspire and empower. They are the stuff of which education is made.
Touching many lives in the classroom and Native communities, this professor’s wisdom and faith in others are echoed in the stories in this Reader.
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