Theses Doctoral

Creating the Opportunity to Learn: A Case Study Exploring the Leadership Behaviors and Decision-making Strategies of an Urban Middle School Principal

Toussaint, Andrea Charlene

This research presents a qualitative case study of a middle school principal in New York City who made significant strides in creating opportunities for learning at a school that predominantly serves children of color. Through a series of document reviews, interviews, and focus groups, the study analyzes the principal's leadership behaviors and decision-making strategies to achieve this goal.

The analysis identifies three critical themes that are crucial for a principal to lead for equity while creating opportunities. The findings suggest that regardless of a school's location or a student's residence, principal leadership and decision-making influence the specific inputs and processes are essential for academic progress.

The study has significant implications for principal preparation programs, particularly in terms of developing the necessary dispositions to create opportunities for learning. The insights gained from this research can be valuable for educational leaders who strive to create more equitable learning environments for all students.

Keywords: Opportunity to learn, transformational leadership, instructional leadership, advocacy leadership, decision-making, children of color, urban school

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Organization and Leadership
Thesis Advisors
Young, Jeffrey
Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
Published Here
February 21, 2024