Leadership in Turnaround Schools Dissertation or Thesis by Writing Specialists

Leadership in Turnaround Schools
An analysis of leadership traits that have been proven to be successful in improving a school's academic performance.
# 92211 | 18,279 words | 32 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper analyzes the successful leadership traits, philosophies and strategies of a new principal for a turnaround school. The paper hypothesizes that the primary role of a principal is to ensure that students learn. It then discusses the character and behavioral traits of leaders that facilitate the creation of an effective leader-follower relationship in a turnaround school setting.

Table of Contents:
I: Introduction
Statement of the Problem
Hypothesis and Research Question
Limitations of Study
II: Literature Review
Turnaround Schools: Introduction
Leadership Theories
Leadership in Low-Performing Schools
Accountability and Responsibility
Turnarounds in Other Sectors
What Makes a Successful Turnaround Leader?
The First 90 Days
Leadership Principles
III: Methodology
Research Approach
Research Design
Data Gathering
Validity of Data
Limitations of Study
IV: Research / Results / Study Findings
V: Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Unfortunately, it is not always immediately clear what needs to be fixed in an academically challenged school. During the first 90 days, turnaround leaders must decide what results matter most and focus on a few actions to change those critical results. According to Kowal and Hassel (2005): "Through a speedy process of trial and error in which unsuccessful tactics are dropped and new strategies tried, successful turnaround leaders figure out what actions will get rapid, large results and then they increase those activities."
"A school turnaround leader is leading change--but far more drastic and seemingly unlikely change than leaders in already-well-performing schools. Because turnaround change actions resemble incremental change actions and are different from those of start-up and classic managers, turnaround leaders require unique skills."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, K. E., Bordas, J., Robinson Hickman, G., Matusek, L. R., & Whitmire, K. J. (1998). Leadership in the twenty-first century. Rethinking Leadership Working Papers. Academy of Leadership Press.
  • Benton, Joshua. (September 7, 2002). School Defies Labels; Frazier Elementary's Poor Minority Students Excel in Face of Adversity. Dallas Morning News.
  • Bolmen, Lee. Deal, Terrence. (2001). Reframing Organizations. New York: University Press.
  • Boyne, G. A. (2004, April). A "3Rs" strategy for public service turnaround: Retrenchment, repositioning, and reorganization. Public Money & Management, 24(2), 97-103.
  • Burbach, Harold. Butler, Alfred. (June 2005). Turnaround Principals: An unmistakable conclusion: Site-level success stems from superintendent support. The School Administrator.

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