ERIC Number: EJ1138419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
What Leadership Behaviors Were Demonstrated by the Principal in a High Poverty, High Achieving Elementary School?
Examined through the lens of leadership, were the behaviors of a principal as perceived by stakeholders. The following themes emerged: (1) Educating the Whole Child, with the subthemes: (a) providing basic needs; (b) academic interventions based on achievement data; (c) an emphasis on reading; (d) extended academic time; and (e) relationships; and (2) Synergy of Expectations, with the subthemes: (a) consistent student expectations; (b) increased staff accountability; and (c) community involvement. The researchers found that the principal by demonstrating behaviors as a change agent, a creator of vision, and a provider of necessary support and strategies, rather than adopting numerous programs, the school personnel were able to increase and sustain academic achievement of the students of poverty as well as their peers. Implications for principal practices, along with leadership preparatory programs are significant.
Descriptors: Principals, Elementary Schools, Poverty, High Achievement, Leadership Styles, Holistic Approach, Student Needs, Intervention, Reading Achievement, School Schedules, Interpersonal Relationship, Expectation, Accountability, Community Involvement, Administrator Role, Rural Schools, Focus Groups, Observation, Documentation, Content Analysis, Case Studies, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri