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Felicia Blacher--Wilson


Thirty percent of elementary schools that serve underprivileged students in a Texas school district are considered low-performing according to state standards in the 2016 2017 school year. Little is known about the perspectives on the support teachers need while teaching students with high social-emotional and academic needs. The purpose of this general qualitative study was to examine perspectives on principal support for teachers who teach these populations. Data were collected through interviewing 9 teachers, 3 principals, 3 counselors, 3 instructional coaches, and 1 district academic leader. Social cognitive theory, role theory, and cognitive evaluation theory constituted the conceptual framework. Individual interviews were conducted, transcribed, and coded. Teachers’ top 5 supports were “follow through with school systems,” “trust in teachers by the principal,” “teacher collaboration with the principal,” “principal stands up for teachers,” and “principal has a lending ear.” Principals identified “budget for human resources,” “follow through with school systems,” “teacher collaboration with the principal,” “professional development opportunities,” and “planning time,” “trust in teachers from principal,” and “leading by example” were tied in the fifth ranking. School and district personnel identified “professional development opportunities,” “follow through with school systems,” “budget for human resources,” “principal has a lending ear” and “lead by example” were tied in 4th, and “principal is visible” was fifth on their list. These findings contribute to positive social change by informing the education field about positive support systems that ultimately enhance learning of students with high social-emotional and academic needs.

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