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ERIC Number: ED516995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 165
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-0765-6
Principal on the Rise: A Case Study of Leadership Practices
Sawyer, Felicia
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this case study was to identify effective leadership practices of an African American principal in a high achieving school, and the relationship to those the leadership practices found in the literature. This study focused on an African American female principal, located within the Piedmont geographical area of a southern state. The principal was selected because of her recognition for promoting student excellence, and high honors from the State Department of Education and from the local school district. A survey was given to teachers in the school to determine if the principal at the selected school exhibited the leadership behaviors outlined according to leadership standards. Other methods of data collection included document analysis, observations, and teacher interviews. In addressing the issue of leaders' practices, the study identified the competencies of school leadership. The competencies were extracted from the research and represented one way of describing effective school leadership. This study identified the competencies of the principal as a visionary, a builder of community and culture, a promoter of student learning, a developer of teacher leadership, and as a facilitator of shared decision making. From this study, several conclusions were derived; however, the most prevalent was that the principal placed the needs of students in the center of all their decision making. [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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