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by Lynda Leavitt


Welcome to the inaugural issue of ELA, Journal of Educational Leadership in Action. In this issue, you will find Lindenwood University’s Lighthouse Award winning dissertation, a study on Professional Learning Communities, research on elementary and middle school principals’ emotional intelligence, and two manuscripts within higher education: one investigating the core competencies of executive leadership, and the other focusing on department restructuring related to the effects of first- and second-order change. You will also find an editorial written by an experienced superintendent on rethinking the language of technology. The editors at ELA invite you to submit your research, editorial, or book review for publication consideration in the upcoming spring issue. The submission deadline for Issue 2 is April 15.

We hope you take a few minutes to send us a note sharing your thoughts on our online format, use of videos, and ideas for upcoming issues.

As winter is upon us and we welcome you to our first issue, the editors at ELA wish you all the best,


Editor, ELA

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