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ERIC Number: ED548999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 214
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-3792-4
Superintendent Leadership Practices That Cultivate Principal Capacity to Raise Achievement across School Districts
Oppor, Melanie J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
District educational leaders throughout the nation are answering the call to action to provide both equitable and excellent schools for all learners, particularly for students who have been traditionally marginalized. Yet ironically, we know little about how district leaders are responding to this call as the voices of superintendents are scarcely heard in the literature. This study is intended to deepen understanding of the superintendent's role in providing district-level leadership that builds the capacity of school principals to lead equitable and excellent schools where deliberate steps have been taken to close the achievement gap. More specifically, this study addressed the following question: In a high achieving school district, what leadership practices of the superintendent cultivate building principal capacity--both individually and collectively--to significantly contribute to raising the achievement level of typically marginalized students across the school district? Further, this study explored the superintendent's role in creating an integrated, high achieving district that is responsive to the needs of traditionally marginalized students. A qualitative case study of a superintendent was conducted in one school district which has recently had a three-year period in which schools across the district closed the achievement gap. Qualitative methods including interviews, observations, and document reviews were used to collect the research data. [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
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Language: English
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