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Leadership practices of successful middle school principals

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Purpose ‐ This study aims to be one in a series examining the leadership best practices of school principals as they lead in an accountability- and standards-driven school environment. The lack of research and necessity to find successful practices to improve student achievement highlight the need for this study. Design/methodology/approach ‐ An inductive exploratory study was designed to provide insight into how successful middle school principals facilitate high levels of student achievement. Findings ‐ Common themes of practices enabling the principals to serve effectively in their schools emerged from the conversations and were grouped in the following categories: sharing leadership; facilitating professional development; leading with an instructional orientation; and acting openly and honestly. Originality/value ‐ This research contributes to the field by providing insights into the practices of leaders of successful schools in a high-stakes testing environment. The study provides a framework on which leaders should model their own practices, as well as informing leadership preparation programs areas around which to focus their instructional content.
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Keywords: Education; Leadership; Principals; Schools

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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