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Advisory Committee Chair

Loucrecia Collins

Advisory Committee Members

Tondra Loder-Jackson

Evelyn Nettles

William B Rogan

Michele Sims

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Degree Name by School

Doctor of Education (EdD) School of Education


STACEY P. GILL EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP ABSTRACT This study examined leadership characteristics from the perspective of urban school leaders in high-poverty and high-achieving schools in the state of Alabama in order to better understand their relationship to student achievement. Principals were selected from three school sites in three urban school districts located in central and southern Alabama. The study's theoretical framework was drawn from change theory, transformational leadership, instructional leadership, and the effective schools movement. A phenomenological approach was used to understand the essence of the phenomenon, in this instance, urban school leaders' and teachers' perceptions of Torchbearer leadership characteristics, was used. Findings from this study had implications for local school board, superintendents and principals to identify and implement Torchbearer leadership as an innovative opportunity to improve student achievement in failing schools in the state of Alabama.

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