Leading in common: principal perspectives on CCSS implementation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Rhonda Cox Schuhler (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Ulrich Reitzug

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the experiences of principals leading implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in North Carolina. In a dynamic time in school leadership in which initiatives are introduced at a rapid pace, it is critical to support school leaders in navigating the change process. Implementation of CCSS in North Carolina, as well as in a number of states throughout the nation, provides an opportunity to explore the leadership of a change initiative aimed at instructional improvement, with the potential to inform the work of principals moving forward. Their successes and challenges are considered through the lens of a conceptual framework developed based on relevant change research and divided into quadrants including Setting the Stage for Change, Aligning Resources in Support of Change, Monitoring and Evaluating, and Refocusing and Sustaining. In an effort to gain greater understanding of the challenges of leading change, specifically CCSS implementation, twelve principals were interviewed using a semi-structured protocol, and their experiences were considered in light of an evolving conceptual framework. This framework, accompanied by the voices of principals as they describe the challenges and successes of leading CCSS implementation, are provided in an attempt to better inform school leaders as they move forward with implementation of change initiatives aimed at instructional improvement.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Common Core, Instructional Leadership, Leading Change
Education $x Curricula $x Standards $z United States $x States
Educational leadership $z North Carolina $v Case studies
School principals $z North Carolina $v Case studies

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