International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

Motivational Factors for School Leaders: A Closer Look at the Perspectives of Current School Leaders from Four Louisiana School Districts
Lawrence F. Garrison, Kevin Krug, Julie Bergeron, Ruth Ray Jackson

Abstract
The material discussed in this paper is based on research findings from a study conducted in 2009 which gathered data from four Louisiana school districts (Caddo, Lafayette, Rapides and the Recovery School District) addressing the working conditions of educational leaders. The study included variables such as ongoing support (from districts, universities, and the state legislature), motivational factors which lead teachers into educational leadership certification programs, and what factors play a part in remaining in, or leaving the principalship. The goal of this study was to determine the working conditions in Louisiana schools that can be used to influence district and state policies for the ultimate improvement of student achievement.

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