Title

Implementing School Improvement Plans: Perceptions and Implications of Aspiring Principals for Educational Leadership Programs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-16-2020

Publication Title

Journal of Research on Leadership Education

First page number:

1

Last page number:

21

Abstract

This study examines what aspiring principal candidates in one universitybase preparation program learned as a result of developing and implementing a school improvement plan. A case study approach was used to examine 53 aspiring principals’ reports of what they learned from implementing school improvement plans. Findings revealed three significant themes: (1) the importance of collaboratively engaging the participants of the school improvement plan; (2) the essential need of establishing relationships; and (3) understanding the significance and impact of data-driven decisions. Findings can inform leadership preparation programs to redirect coursework that will help aspiring principals improve leadership skills.

Keywords

Leadership and learning; Leadership for school improvement; Leadership knowledge and skills; Leadership program design; Leadership program outcomes; Principal preparation

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Language

English

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