Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Leadership and Policy Studies


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Reginald Leon Green

Committee Member

Mary Keller Boudreaux

Committee Member

Ron Davis

Committee Member

Charisse Atibagos Gulosino


While leadership, most importantly instructional leadership, is very important to the success of schools, it is just as important for principals to display instructional leadership behaviors. Instructional leaders are responsible for creating a shared vision, observing instructional and giving quality feedback, allocating educational resources, making decisions that are both driven by data and address the School Improvement Plan (SIP) to positively impact the instructional program, creating positive school, student and adult cultures, and nurturing adult learning and building teacher capacity (Stronge, Richard, & Catano, 2008).These things should be evident in the instructional program and displayed behaviors should be recognized by other school personnel, to include teacher-leaders, through the implementation of programs, systems, and routines. It would be beneficial to determine whether or not charter high school principals are displaying instructional leadership behaviors that can be recognized by other quasi-leadership personnel, teacher-leaders, who are positioned for collaborative measures in order to obtain achievement for all students.Teacher-leaders are a population to consider when observing instructional leadership or the instructional leadership behaviors of the principal. While teacher-leaders may formally or informally fulfill different roles in the school, depending on the school's needs and the principal's vision, they impact student achievement through mentoring and building teachers' instructional capacity, and by assisting in decision-making and collaborating with the school principal. Teacher-leaders should have the ability to perceive and speak to the instructional leadership behaviors of the principal. It is through the display of the instructional leadership behaviors and implementation of processes and programs that teacher-leaders are able to more accurately perceive and communicate beliefs about their principal's practices regarding instructional leadership.The academic gaps that exist in our schools are vast, but they must not continue to go unaddressed. A trusting partnership between the principal and teacher-leaders cannot only breed success for the school but also impact student achievement. This study presents findings that determine the perceptions that charter high school teacher-leaders who participated in this study have about their principals' display of instructional leadership behaviors according to the Teacher Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS).


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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.