Journal of Educational Leadership in Action


In the United States, principals play a vital role in leading educational institutions. School principals are responsible for creating safe and supportive learning environments for all students. Previous studies have emphasized that all principals share one challenge, which is to identify effective instructional strategies that help decrease student achievement gaps. Studies of novice school principals are well-documented; it is also well-acknowledged that the acclimatization process for novice school principals is characterized with a high level of stress related to the organizational structures that influence the school’s culture and climate and student achievement. This study addresses the implementation of a field-based approach utilized by a principal preparation program to provide principal candidates an opportunity to connect theory with practice and expand their understanding of novice principals’ daily responsibilities. To that end, this work serves aspiring principal candidates in their transition from the classroom into a leadership role. Furthermore, this field-based experience informs aspiring principals about novice school principals’ daily responsibilities.


Maria de Lourdes Viloria, Ph.d., Associate Professor, Texas A&M International University

Lori Leyendecker, Texas A&M International University Graduate, Master of Science in Educational Administration. Lori is currently a CATE teacher in Laredo, Texas.

Graciela Brondo, Texas A&M International University Graduate Student, Master of Science in Educational Administration. Graciela is currently a High School Social Studies Teacher in Laredo, Texas.

Michael Salinas, Texas A&M International University Graduate Student, Master of Science in Educational Administration. Michael is currently a Special Education Adaptive Physical Education Teacher in Laredo, Texas

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