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Setting the Bar: A Closer Look at an Elementary Leadership Development in One Midwestern School District

Courtney Manzitto, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


School districts nationwide are always seeking ways to recruit and maintain highly skilled and effective leaders. Although there are leadership preparation programs at the university level, many school districts are lacking leadership frameworks and programs to grow and provide learning opportunities and experiences for aspiring leaders. The purpose of this qualitative case study is to explore what key practices and frameworks one suburban midwestern school district has put in place for elementary leadership preparation. The design of the study focuses on qualitative data collection through interviews during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. Nine educational leaders from multiple locations within one suburban midwestern school district were interviewed during this case study. During the interviews, educational leadership preparation was discussed incorporating topics such as district leadership frameworks, leadership preparation and district supports impacting leadership. By examining resulting themes from interviews, we can better understand the many facets of what is at the heart of elementary leadership preparation in one suburban midwestern school district.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Educational administration

Recommended Citation

Manzitto, Courtney, "Setting the Bar: A Closer Look at an Elementary Leadership Development in One Midwestern School District" (2016). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI10090304.