Case Studies in Succession Planning for K12 Districts

  • Arfe Yucedag-Ozcan
  • Sharon K. Metcalfe


Research supports the claim that strong and stable leadership is one of the fundamental elements that influence school effectiveness and student achievement. Effective succession planning can improve student achievement by reducing both principal and teacher turnover. An effective plan will mobilize a pool of qualified candidates who demonstrate extensive knowledge and skill as well as possess the appropriate dispositional attitudes of successful leaders. Effective school leadership is contextual, and circumstances will differ depending on whether there is an urban or rural district setting. Geographically isolated rural educational leaders manage multiple roles with lower salaries and face lack of professional support and communication problems. Differences include district affluence, geographical, socioeconomic, and administrative differences. Succession plans based on communication, administrative support, and effective mentoring and coaching are the most effective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arfe Yucedag-Ozcan
    • 1
  • Sharon K. Metcalfe
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PhoenixTempeUSA
  2. 2.Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversityMount VernonUSA

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