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My latest article published is: Network leadership: A new educational imperative? (Harris, Azorín & Jones, 2021).
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated networking within and across schools in an unprecedented way. It has demanded new forms of leadership and leadership practices that are network based and technologically driven. The rapid emergence of the ‘network school leader’ during the pandemic raises questions about the forms of leadership practices that are being enacted and the forms they take. The article examines the functions assigned to those occupying leadership positions in various education networking environments and focuses on the multi-faceted nature of leadership in these networks. This article considers some of the contemporary specialist literature on networking that offers insights into network leadership processes and practices. In this article, it is proposed that distributed leadership offers an important theoretical and analytical lens to investigate network school leadership more deeply. The article concludes by positing that in the dramatically changed world of education, network leadership is no longer an option for some but rather is a new educational imperative for all.
COVID-19 affords a golden opportunity to rethink what matters most in education. The educational journey of the previous decades has come to an end. It is a symbolic time where the COVID-19 supernova is heralding the end of a largely obsolete education. The explosion that has taken place offers the possibility of redesigning a better education for all, where equity, excellence and student well-being will be the foundations on which to build. Networks are at the front-line of the resilience action in battling against COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, formal and informal groups connected by social ties have emerged in force. During this period, the chains of favors has multiplied with initiatives of support and help towards the most vulnerable. An entire army of selfless volunteers have mobilised themselves to meet the basic needs of populations at risk. The crisis has led to the emergence of networks of collaboration, neighborhood solidarity and an increase in volunteerism, causing a substantial change in people's behavior (from individuality to collectivity), a splendid example of community engagement and humanity that has proved the power of professional capital.