Summary

The goal of this project was to increase awareness of the essential contribution a principal’s leadership and management skills can make for student outcomes and school success. The project involved interviewing principals and preparing a publication documenting their leadership styles and successes. Principals are expected to not only manage the day-to-day operations of schools, but they are also expected to be leaders of learning, energizing the learning community to encourage greater levels of student achievement, while operating in an atmosphere of shared-decision making. This project allowed a researcher to conduct a series of interviews with exceptional secondary school principals, compiling a set of case-studies that revealed best practices of those who excelled in their leadership roles.