Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Educational Leadership

Major Professor

Judith A. Ponticell, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Howard Johnston, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Joyce G. Haines, Ph.D.


district leadership capacity, Leadership Development, Principal Pipeline


The principal at all instructional levels holds an awesome responsibility of ensuring that students receive the instruction that they need to be successful. They are responsible for both the management of the building and their employees as well as the instruction that students receive. Interactions include working with students, teachers, parents and community members to create a positive school culture that promotes student success.

Expectations for schools are great and are measured by school grade in the state of Florida. School grades are determined by the performance of students on state assessments. The components of the school grade are updated yearly. With an ever-changing role, a principal induction program must be designed to meet these diverse needs. Districts have a variety of ways in which they prepare their leaders for the demanding job of the principalship.

This study is an evaluation of the principal induction program in Hillsborough County Public Schools. This induction program includes both monthly professional learning experiences as well as principal coaching over a two-year period. The study compares the effectiveness ratings of principals who completed the Induction Program to those of veteran principals who did not participate in the program to determine if there are performance gaps between the two groups in relation to the competencies expected to be developed in the course of study in the induction program. These competencies are based on the Florida Principal Leadership Standards.