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Saturday, November 19 • 3:20pm - 4:30pm
Principal Labor Markets, Working Conditions, and Development Plans

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Examining the Leadership Pipeline: The Effect of Personal and School Characteristics on Postprincipal Employment. Liz Hollingworth, University of Iowa; Ed Fuller, Pennsylvania State University; Brian An, University of Iowa

In this study, we focus on one understudied step in the leadership pipeline—the career pathways of individuals after they become school principals. Speci cally, we focus on beginning principals and examine their movement from the principalship into various school and district leadership positions. This study uses a large, longitudinal data set that includes a diversity of educators and schools to examine the career pathways of education leaders after initial employment as a school principal.

Predictors of Urban Principal Turnover. Lorna Beckett, University of Denver
Research indicates principal turnover is increasing, but there are limited studies within an
urban context as to why principals are leaving their schools. This study used multiple regression analysis to examine eight independent variables and their relationship to principal turnover in Colorado urban schools. The ndings indicate that the percentage of minority students is the only predictor of principal turnover, with urban principals experiencing a change in leadership every 2.5 years.

Principal Sorting and the Distribution of Principal Quality: Documenting Inequities in State and National Data. Jason A. Grissom, Hajime Mitani (Vanderbilt University)

Despite the signi cant role school principals play in improving school outcomes, little research has examined the distribution of principal quality across schools and the mechanisms driving those patterns. This study provides new evidence on the distribution of principal quality at the state and national levels. We nd that traditionally disadvantaged schools are more likely to employ principals with weaker quali cations and lower performance. These patterns are largely driven by higher principal turnover in those schools.

Principals’ Working Conditions, Job Stress, and Turnover Behaviors Under NCLB Accountability Pressure. Hajime Mitani, Vanderbilt University

This study investigates the in uence of NCLB sanctions on principals’ working conditions, job stress, and/or turnover behaviors using a nationally representative sample of principals and detailed school-level assessment/AYP data. I nd that principals facing the sanction tend to feel greater job stress, especially when they do not have enough principal experience or serve a large number of non-White students. Principals are also more likely to transfer to different schools.

Language, Gender, and School Leadership Labor Markets. Maida Finch, Salisbury University; Peter Trabert Goff, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Courtney Preston, Florida State University; Jenny McFadden, Salisbury University

We analyzed school leader application data by gender to understand whether men and women present themselves differently through language in application materials. Our ndings indicate linguistic variables common in female candidates’ writing tend to focus on elaborating ideas and using comparisons. Male applicants’ language is often formal and relies on passive voice. Our ndings question whether candidates may be selected because of an unconscious preference for language patterns commonly used by females or males.




Saturday November 19, 2016 3:20pm - 4:30pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Joliet B

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