Applying Leadership Theories to High School
Trevor J. Riddle
Grand Canyon University: EDA-575
July 7, 2015
In order to look into how differing factors will affect an administrator’s leadership, one must first decide the definition for leadership, the factors of a school, and addressing those factors. Leadership can be described and defined as a function of individual personality, ability, traits, and styles. Those features are considered self-confidence, sociability, adaptability, and cooperativeness (Spillane, Halverson, & Diamond, 2004). Besides looking at the definition of leadership, you must also look at the overall profile of the school in order to understand the community that is being led.
Description of the School
Cesar Chavez High School established in 1995 as part of the PPEP-TEC High School District, which was one of the first charter school districts in the state of Arizona. PPEP-TEC High School District created by PPEP, Inc. PPEP was founded by Dr. John Arnold aboard a bus named “La Tortuga” which translates to “The Tortoise”. He was able to fund the school with a Tucson Committee for Economic Opportunity grant (PPEP, Inc., 2015).
Cesar Chavez High School is part of seven high schools spread throughout the state of Arizona including one in California. The school was built approximately one-mile from the United States-Mexico border. It educates an average of 120 students between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one for the grades of nine through twelve. It has a breakdown by gender between 58% female to 42% male student population. The school serves a population of 100% free/reduced lunch and approximately 100% Hispanic. While looking at the overall student progress, 67% of pupils are fairly on track for graduation. The student population is 72% migrant that gives the school approximately 33% being placed in the English Language Development (ELD) program. That statistic means that nearly one-third of the students is still...