Capstone/Dissertation Title

Best practices for starting schools: learning from the wisdom of school founders and principals

Term

2011

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Abstract

Today, school reform initiatives crop up with dizzying rapidity and the same initiatives are cast aside just as fast. Yet little is known of best practices for starting schools or the characteristics that successful schools must possess. This study synthesizes responses to interviews with school founders of small, nature and environment-based schools to determine best practices for starting such schools. The study offers a better understanding of best practices for developing and carrying out a vision for a school, hiring staff, negotiating political obstacles and creating sustainable school models. Further, the author discusses personal characteristics of successful school founders.

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