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ERIC Number: ED516603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 282
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7162-6
High Performing Schools in High Risk Environments: A Study on Leadership, School Safety, and Student Achievement at Two Urban Middle Schools in Los Angeles County
Frias, Gus
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
In the United States of America, all students and staff have a constitutional right to attend schools that are safe, secure, and successful. Despite this right, at many public schools, education leaders have failed to ensure the safety and high academic achievement of all students. The purpose of this research study is to expand knowledge about the impact of violence on schools, and the leadership strategies that can help improve school safety and student achievement. This study compares a high performing Benchmark middle school to a Program Improvement middle school. This study specifically examines two research questions: One explores how a middle school that is located in a high risk environment achieves high academic performance; while the other examines the leadership factors that contribute to improve school safety and student achievement. This research study is composed of the following five chapters: An introduction that addresses a background of the problem; a literature review that includes pertinent theoretical frameworks; the methodology that specifies related qualitative methods; the findings for three identified themes; and a discussion on the variables that differentiate the Benchmark middle School from the one in Program Improvement, theoretical and practical implications, future research, and conclusions. This study shows that principal leadership is vital in working with teachers, support staff, and other stakeholders to improve school safety and student achievement at middle schools located in high risk environments. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California