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ERIC Number: EJ923546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
(Un)Planned Failure: Unsuccessful Succession Planning in an Urban District
Peters, April L.
Journal of School Leadership, v21 n1 p64-86 Jan 2011
Leader succession is often the result of a broken system, resulting in the loss of leadership gains from the exiting leader and leaving the incoming leader without proper support for success. This system needs replacing, with a system of dynamic succession planning that is carefully planned and an integral part of a school's improvement plan. To examine and understand these challenges in successful succession planning, I undertook a qualitative instrumental case study of a founding high school principal and her successor in an urban district engaged in small school reform. The findings suggest that these leaders' lack of sustainability was influenced by a lack of district support and mentoring. These supports (or their lack thereof) affected the school's and district's effectiveness in transitioning the successor, planning for new leadership, and anticipating the supports needed for the school and its leaders. (Contains 2 notes and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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