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Pennsylvania State University Mitstifer Lecture

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Professor Allan Walker was invited to present the Mitstifer Lecture at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), which was held in Denver Colorado from 15 to 18 November 2012.

In his talk “The Leaders We Want? Clones, Drones, and Dragons”, Professor Walker examined a number of critical issues around successful school leadership and leader development in the Asia Pacific region. More specifically, he challenged current and traditional notion of how policy-makers, systems and universities prepare successful school leaders for future schools. He asked the audience to look for new ways to work with practicing leaders to tap into their learning in schools by presenting a number of uncertainties which the field needs to address. About 500 academics, scholars and scholar-practitioners attended the lecture.

UCEA is a national consortium of major universities in the US and Canada that have departments offering doctoral training in the field of educational administration. The annual Mitstifer Lecture is the most prestigious lecture in the field of educational administration. It honours the late Dr Robert Mitstifer and his wife, Dr Dorothy I. Mitstifer from Penn State College of Education. Previous speakers giving the Mitstifer Lecture included Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon, James S. Coleman, Charles Lindblom, Dan Lortie, Karl Weick, Edmund Gordon, Seymour Martin Lipset, Susan Moore-Johnson, James Popham, Robert Sternberg, Barbara Bergmann, Marta Tienda, Paul Hill, Charles Haynes, James Banks, Derrick Bell, Lani Guinier, Richard Elmore, and Jane Hannaway. Professor Allan Walker is the first non-American scholar invited to present.

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