ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Can distance bring us closer?

By Megin Charner-Laird, Jacy Ippolito and James Noonan
October 2021
Preparing the next generation of school leaders is an invigorating and ever-changing enterprise, but the past year and a half have brought more change and more of the fear and uncertainty change inspires than anyone could have anticipated (Superville, 2021). We, the co-directors and core faculty of educational leadership programs at Salem State University, have reinvented our leadership programs’ routines and structures to accommodate the needs of pandemic leadership preparation while trying to keep our eyes on the core elements that make us who we are. We are now able to look back and ask: What will we maintain? Our revisions have created a new path steeped in collaboration and communication, with changes in course content and structure, a program-wide emphasis on social justice, and

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Megin Charner-Laird ( is associate professor and co-coordinator, programs in educational leadership at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.

Jacy Ippolito ( is professor and co-coordinator, programs in educational leadership at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.

James Noonan ( is an assistant professor at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.

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