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Hills-Papetti, Jennifer Lynn 1977-

Works: 1 works in 2 publications in 1 language and 2 library holdings
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Why Principals Stay : Factors Impacting Principal Retention by Jennifer Lynn Hills-Papetti( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principal leadership is second only to teacher quality in improving student achievement (Wallace Foundation, 2013). Federal legislation such as No Child Left Behind (2001) and Race to the Top (2009) reinforced the importance of school leaders by increasing accountability and the demand to replace principals when adequate student achievement gains were not met. While the role of the principal is known to be important, retention of principals, especially in certain districts, can be very short. Research has found that tenure of principals is highly impacted by the poverty level of the school, as well as student achievement. Principals in high-poverty or low student achievement schools have an average tenure of three years or less (Burkhauser, Gates, Hamilton, & Schyler Ikemoto, 2012; Fuller & Young, 2009). While many studies exist to examine why principals leave the profession, this descriptive mixed-methods study aims to explore why principals choose to remain in an urban district. The study also aims to explore whether the principals that have chosen to stay hold any similar self-reported leadership styles. The three leadership styles examined using the MLQ (Bass & Avolio, 2004) were transformational, transactional, or passive/avoidant. Utilizing a semi-structured interview protocol developed by the researcher and the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (Bass & Avolio, 2004), this descriptive mixed-methods study specifically focuses on an urban district where seven out of nine elementary school principals are in their fifth year or beyond of leading the same school. The five-year criterion mark was utilized because research indicates it takes at least five years for the true impact of a school leader to be seen (Fullan, 2001a; Hall & Hord, 2015; Seashore-Louis, Wahlstrom, Leithwood, & Anderson, 2010). The focus is on elementary school principals because while multiple studies have examined principal tenure at the secondary level, less research exists on the tenure of principals of K-5 schools. Quantitative findings show the urban principals in this study all self-reported as transformational leaders. Five common themes emerging across the participants as to why they chose to remain in an urban district were: helping disadvantaged children, policy impact, student achievement, time, and relationships
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Papetti, Jennifer Lynn Hills-, 1977-