Journal of Educational Leadership in Action

ELA, Journal of Educational Leadership in Action, is an open access online peer review journal offering its readers a global platform on research-based educational practice. ELA is published by the Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education and Human Services at Lindenwood University.

ELA includes current research and essays on a wide range of educational topics: administration, instruction, curriculum, assessment, adult learning, higher education, and international education. Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis.

Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 2 (2021)


The fall 2021 issue of the Journal of Educational Leadership in Action (ELA) is now available. ELA’s editorial staff hope you find these research articles inspiring and useful for leaders facing the current evolving and challenging times in education. This issue provides research and perspectives on navigating the COVID pandemic, transformational leadership, biographical comparisons, identifying effective characteristics of high-performing, high-poverty schools, principals’ influences of leadership decisions, and an exploration of attendance problems in a high-poverty school. We welcome and value your readership and encourage you to submit for future publication(s).

Editor, Robyne Elder, EdD



The Role of the School District in High-Performance Title One Schools in South Texas
George Padilla, Roberto Zamora, and Federico Guerra Jr.


The Rising Tide of Child Poverty
Jane Beese, Melissa Mlakar, and Jennifer Martin