Date of Award

9-26-2013

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Department of Educational Administration and Foundations: Educational Administration

First Advisor

Paul Baker

Abstract

THE ETHOS OF EXCELLENCE IN AN EFFECTIVESCHOOL:

A STUDY OF AN EXEMPLARY URBAN SCHOOL

This research project was organized in three phases. Phase I began with the selection of the high performing urban school site to be studied. Phase II of the study centered on the researcher's study of the school's policies, curriculum, instructional practices, personnel, and related artifacts. The researcher processed, analyzed, and coded all data in accordance to qualitaive standards in order to identify those indigenous practices that impact the success of the school.

The findings of the study including the following:

1. School improvement is a multifaceted endeavor that requires the commitment of the entire school community.

2. Schools seeking to improve must strengthen multiple areas such as those indentified in the NECA Best Practice Framework (curriculum and academic goals; staff selection, leadership and capacity building; instructional programs, practices, and arrangements; monitoring, compilation, analysis and use of data; recognition, intervention and adjustment).

3. Schools must develop relational trust, maintain instructional program coherence, and establish a professional learning community.

4. Finally, none of these laudable precepts indentified by best practices, relational trust, and instructional program coherence would have any chance without a highly competent principal who embodies respect for the school's students, teachers, and parents.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Gyenfie_ilstu_0092E_10062.pdf

Page Count

156

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