Leadership Preparation and Development in North America

Authored by: Michelle D. Young , Margaret Grogan

International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders

Print publication date:  July  2008
Online publication date:  May  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415988476
eBook ISBN: 9780203872239
Adobe ISBN: 9781135277017


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Canada, Mexico and the United States are increasingly tied together in a complex and evolving trinational relationship. The spillover effect of economic integration after NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement which came into effect on 1 January 1994, the trade bloc in North America created by the Agreement and both the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) and The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), whose members are Canada, Mexico, and the United States) has focused attention on shared transnational concerns, such as immigration, labor, education, social welfare and the environment (NAMI, 2007). And while increased integration of these three nations seems inevitable, they currently have quite distinct traditions, politics, economies and education systems. In this chapter we review one aspect of North American education systems, the development of educational leaders.

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