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ERIC Number: EJ1105472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1532-0723
Portrait of a Turnaround Leader in a High Needs District
Hewitt, Kimberly Kappler; Reitzug, Ulrich
Education Leadership Review, v16 n2 p19-35 Nov 2015
Using portraiture methodology involving interview, observation, and artifact data, this study portrays a turnaround leader, Dr. Susan Gray, in a high needs, rural district in the Southeast. In three years, Gray led Lincoln Elementary from nearly being reconstituted to being an award-winning school. Gray has subsequently been assigned other leadership roles that required a change agent. The study narrates Gray's professional arc, highlighting her drive, ability to build relational trust, unapologetic disruption of deficit thinking, mission-orientation, and high expectations to guide the turnaround process. The paper concludes with implications for practice and research related to leadership preparation and school turnaround.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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