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ERIC Number: ED569851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 168
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3039-5188-6
Superintendent Leadership: A Phenomenological Study of Texas Superintendents from Broad Prize Eligible School Districts
Moreno, Jose H.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University, Beaumont
The identification of leadership qualities and reform strategies implemented to increase student achievement in urban school districts is vital to closing the achievement gap. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to identify a leadership profile of the Broad Prize superintendent and reform strategies used to leverage systemic change that improved student achievement. Findings from the study suggested the following leadership qualities: (1) viewed education as a people business; (2) communicated core beliefs; (3) ensured that the board and district staff communicate an aligned message through actions and behaviors; (4) kept their message simple and consistent; (5) created channels of communication for the board, staff, and community; (6) empowered principals to make scheduling decisions to meet the needs of students; (7) made data available to principals; and (8) monitored campus performance. Challenges faced by urban superintendents reflected: (1) time management; (2) peoples' resistance to change; (3) the political landscape. Reform strategies that reflect significant gains are: (1) differentiated instruction; (2) increased number of minority students taking and scoring at the college ready performance standard on college entrance exams; (3) implemented systemic monitoring systems that provided assessment data; (4) developed leadership infrastructures that build capacity. [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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Identifiers - Location: Texas