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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.

Published Oct 6, 2010 07:35 AM - Last modified Jan 27, 2015 03:04 PM


Christopher Day, UK



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UCEA 2014
November 20 - 23

ICSEI 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio,
January 3 - 6

NERA 2015
Gøteborg, March 4 - 6

AERA 2015
Chicago, April 16 - 20