Case 15

Leading through Scandal (Graduation Fiasco)

Module 1: Intercultural Competencies in School Leadership

Building Level


This module centers on a small urban district in Stone Mountain, GA where racially charged comments made by the principal at a graduation ceremony brought one school into the national spotlight. The module sets up a simulation of a school-based leadership team in the aftermath of the graduation scandal.

Key Skills Developed:

  • Crisis & Media Management
  • Rebuilding Community Trust
  • Collaborative Decision-Making

Leadership Tools & Assessments

  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
  • Crisis Response Plan
  • Tenets of Building & Maintaining Trust

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (ISLLC 2015)

  • 1) Mission, Vision, and Core Values
  • 2) Ethics and Professional Norms
  • 3) Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
  • 7) Professional Community for Teachers and Staff
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