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International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP)

The ISSPP is the largest and most sustained network on research on successful school principalship.


International Successful School Principals Project

It began in 2001 with a meeting called by its founder and current co-ordinator, Professor Christopher Day at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Representatives from eight nations agreed to create a range of case studies that would examine successful school principalships in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Norway, Sweden and the United States. The network now involves fourteen countries in active research and continues to grow.
The origin and methodology of the ISSPP lay in an earlier study of English schools (Day, Harris, Hadfield, Tolley & Beresford 2000) that included: (1) data collected from multiple perspectives, i.e., head teachers, deputy heads, governors, parents, students, support staff and teachers; (2) comparisons of effective leadership in diverse contexts ranging from small primary schools to large urban secondary schools; and (3) the identification of personal qualities and professional competencies generic to effective school leaders.

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Christopher Day, UK



National Coordinators

Christopher Day, UK
Stephen Jacobson, USA
Kenneth Leithwood, Canada
Olof Johansson, Sweden
Lejf Moos, Denmark
Jorunn Møller, Norway
Petros Pashiardis, Cyprus
David Gurr, Australia
Ross Notman, New Zealand
Celine Torres, Mexico
K.C. Wong, China
Ee-gyeong Kim, Korea


Up-Coming Events and Conferences:

ECER 2013
Istanbul, September 10-13 2013

UCEA 2013
Indianapolis, November 7-10 2013

NERA 2014
Lillehammer, March 7-7 2014

AERA 2014
Philadelphia, April 3-7 2014