The Impact of Adaptive Leadership on Black and Latino Student Achievement in an Urban School in Northern New Jersey

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  • The purpose of this qualitative case study is to analyze the characteristics of an adaptive leadership team and its ability to support complex adaptive challenges as well as the leadership behaviors exhibited to manage their response to complex situations. Using Ronald Heifetz’s Adaptive Leadership (1992) as a theoretical framework, this case study will determine the characteristics of an adaptive leadership team and its impact on improving student achievement in an urban school in northern New Jersey. Participants in this study include administrators, teachers, and school staff in a K-8 urban school. The findings demonstrated that adaptive school leaders collect various forms of data to inform shared decision making practices that impact student achievement. Furthermore, school leaders effectively regulate the distress of change by galvanizing constituents into action to resolve challenges while creating an environment to support them in acquisition of the change.
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  • 04/16/2024
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