Resilient Schools and Democratic Schools


Currently, the applications for the school management are increasingly demanding. Directive teams need to be ready for change, challenge and fairer societies. This is the reason why leadership can focus on the emotional and social aspects, as in the case of resilient leadership. This paper presents a study on how resilience can be developed in schools to build schools with social justice. The theoretical framework brings us closer to the concept of resilience and leadership. The methodological design is mixed through case studies. This study provides evidence that the centers seek to improve social and inclusive aspects. Among the characteristics to highlight leadership is the social commitment. Whereas, in the processes of teaching and learning, and restructuring and redesign of the curriculum is where we find the inclusion and justice. The directors recognize in their speeches, along with the rest of the informers, that being a director of educational centers with great challenges is a difficult task, especially when it is necessary to manage and organize it effectively. They are the principals with a strong social commitment, which is why they try to build school environments appropriate. Principals manage their centers with cultures of change The school is presented as an organization that seeks to generate spaces and an adequate school climate for the development of social justice. Focusing on the characteristics of resilient leadership, dialogue, decision making and social commitment are the ones that stand out. This research invites the educational community to reflect on resilient leadership.


Resilience, Leadership, Social Justice, Inclusion, Case Studies


Educational Organization and Leadership


Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


  • Lucia Fernández Terol
    • Doctoral Student, Didáctica y Organización Escolar, Universidad de Granada, Becaria FPU, Spain Spain
    • En este momento soy estudiante del programa de Doctorado de Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad de Granada. Soy contratada predoctoral en el Departamento de Didáctica y Organización escolar de la Faultad de Educación. Mis íneas de investigación son Liderazgo y Mejora Escolar, Curriculum y didáctica y Escuela Inclusiva.