An Inquiry into the Impact of Stress on New School Leaders within a Unique Mentorship Experience

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title An Inquiry into the Impact of Stress on New School Leaders within a Unique Mentorship Experience
 
Creator Rommel, Jodie
Cooner, Donna
 
Subject New school leaders, stress, mentorship, School Leadership Institute, principal preparation
New school leaders; Stress; Mentorship
 
Description This study aimed to identify the sources of stress new school leaders encounter that may influence their mental health. This study used semi-structured focus groups to elicit thick, rich descriptions of participants’ experiences. The extensive data sets were collected over two years from 16 focus group interviews conducted during Colorado State University School Leadership Institute retreats. Narrative analysis of participants’ responses provided findings on the stress they experienced, including fear of failure or insecurity, pressure to perform, isolation, work-life balance, time constraints, and compassion fatigue. The participants identified that this unique mentorship opportunity allowed for self-reflection, self-care, and reconnecting with their purpose; furthermore, participants shared that the School Leadership Institute offered support and connectedness in a safe, non-evaluative environment. They shared the importance of strong building-level team support, the cathartic nature of the focus group interviews, and the positive progression from year to year in their roles.
 
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, GMU, and UDel
 
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Date 2020-12-21
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
qualitative, focus group
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/1013
10.22230/ijepl.2020v16n17a1013
 
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 16, No 17 (2020): An Inquiry into the Influence of Stress on New School Leaders within a Unique Mentorship Experience
1555-5062
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/1013/283
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Donna Cooner, Jodie Rommel
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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