The Resource Against all odds : leadership in a high-poverty high-performing school, by David K. Stephens, (electronic resource)

Against all odds : leadership in a high-poverty high-performing school, by David K. Stephens, (electronic resource)

Label
Against all odds : leadership in a high-poverty high-performing school
Title
Against all odds
Title remainder
leadership in a high-poverty high-performing school
Statement of responsibility
by David K. Stephens
Creator
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Research indicates that impoverished school districts face a unique set of barriers in regard to school achievement. However, according to statistics from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there are schools that would be considered impoverished that are ranked in the top ten in regard to sustained performance on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in the areas of mathematics and communication arts. This study examines the leadership characteristics of a building leader of a high-poverty, high-performing public school in Missouri. A qualitative case-study model was implemented in this study, utilizing structured interviews of faculty and staff, parents of students, and the building leader. In addition, field notes documenting observations and reflections from the researcher's four day visit to the site were compiled and pertinent documents were reviewed. Prominent themes were identified that described the leadership at the school. The emergent themes were presence, hands off leadership, golden communication, power source (through both personal and professional support), high expectations, hiring the best, students first, values individuals, caring and fairness. A synthesis of those themes led to the identification of specific leadership roles embraced by the building leader. Those roles were human resource director, academic leader, and culture facilitator. Implications for educational leaders and programs designed to train educational leaders were discussed. Some of those implications for educational leaders included the necessity to develop a vision for the school beyond yearly achievement test results and the impact of fully embracing the philosophy of developing life long learners. In addition, leaders must develop a culture within their school of high expectations accompanied by support. Implications for programs designed to train educational leaders included the development of programs that more thoroughly prepared leaders in the area of personnel selection, induction, and evaluation
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stephens, David K.
Degree
Ed. D.
Dissertation year
2007.
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Columbia
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
MacGregor, Cynthia J.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Missouri Assessment Program
  • Educational leadership
  • Poor children
  • Educational tests and measurements
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
Target audience
specialized
Label
Against all odds : leadership in a high-poverty high-performing school, by David K. Stephens, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
  • The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 9, 2007)
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
173973974
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unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)173973974
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Against all odds : leadership in a high-poverty high-performing school, by David K. Stephens, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 9, 2007)
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
173973974
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)173973974
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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