Date of Award

Fall 9-22-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

EdD Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Barbara Strobert, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Anthony Colella, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Randy Kleinman, Ed.D.


instructional leadership, department chair, distributed leadership, New Jersey, Secondary Schools


Today, there is a greater emphasis on school improvement, and school leaders are increasingly being held accountable. The research states that successfully managing a school’s instructional program is essential for student academic success. This study explored department chairs working with the support of their principals to manage the school’s instructional program employing a distributed leadership organizational structure.

This study was designed to engage department chairs in conversation about instructional leadership in hopes to gain clarity about their understanding, practice, and the factors within their schools that support them as instructional leaders. The results confirmed the existing research that department chairs are best equipped to promote professional growth among their department members.

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