Drs. Maria B. Roberts (Education), Miguel M. Gonzales, and Sylvia Tegano (both Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) had their study, "School Leadership During COVID-19: Implications for School Leadership Preparation Programs" accepted for publication in the October volume of the Journal of School Administration Research and Development.
This case study examined the reflections and lessons learned while leading schools during COVID-19 by 27 aspiring principals in two cohorts of a university-based school leadership preparation program. Findings revealed:
- The need for structure and organization
- Attending humanistic needs
- Struggling to respond to policy changes
- Finding meaning and uplifting morale
This study can be used to help inform and guide educational leadership preparation and development programs on how to redirect coursework and field-based experiences to better prepare aspiring school principals to lead during school closures resulting from emergency situations.