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ERIC Number: ED510782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
From the Bottom Up: Reforming a Low Performing High School into One of Success
Catchings, La Shonda S.
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The purpose of this study was to examine the leadership style of Mr. Stanley Blackmon, former principal of Lanier High School and to compare his leadership style to an existing educational theory. To obtain this information, an interview was conducted with Mr. Blackmon in December of 2009. Research was also done in order to find an educational theory most compatible to Mr. Blackmon's leadership style, as well as the history of Lanier High School, from its beginnings to its current status. Results indicated that Mr. Blackmon's leadership style was most compatible with Kurt Lewin's change management model. As a result of exercising this theory, Mr. Blackmon was able to transform Lanier High School from the lowest performing high school in the district, to one of its highest. Results show that "unfreezing" the negative mindset of the teachers, students, and community; making necessary changes within the operations of the school; and implementing those changes so that they may become systematic are key to increasing student achievement. Mr. Blackmon is a clear example of how school leaders have a tremendous responsibility with day-to-day operations of a school, it is imperative that they are visible in the classrooms and community in order to be effective change agents.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A