Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A turn from the worst: Leadership influences on the successful turnaround of a high-poverty school
by Neil, Scott, Ph.D., Capella University, 2012, 139; 3502717
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative case study explored how the essential attributes of a school turnaround leader are different from other school leaders. More specifically, how those specific leadership qualities found in a turnaround leader influence a school's culture toward improving from the point of failure to that of high performing within a 1- to 3-year time span. The school chosen for this study was a high-poverty elementary school located in Florida. The school moved its grade from a C to an A two years after a new principal took over as the leader of the school. Data were collected for this case study of one high-poverty Florida elementary school through direct interviews of the school leadership and teachers, responses from teacher surveys, and a review of documents from the school that experienced the phenomenon known as a school turnaround. Data collected during this study were used to determine what specific leadership and personality traits were common in turnaround principals. Data also demonstrated how a turnaround school leader develops a school culture to support teachers during a successful school turnaround. The school leadership practices reflected in this document are based from the research on effective school turnaround practices. The results from this study are intended to be utilized toward improving school leadership practices for schools in need of a dramatic transformation in performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rodriguez, Alma
Commitee: Garcia, Lisa, White-Johnson, Adair
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Case study, High-poverty, Leadership, Poverty, Qualitative, School, Turnaround
Publication Number: 3502717
ISBN: 978-1-267-26015-4
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