Nora Malone, Ph.D. is a 2023 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Nora Malone at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Laurien Alexandre, Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member, Dr. Shana Hormann, Committee Member.
- Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Shana Hormann, Ph.D., Committee Member
board of trustees, comparative case study, Covid-19, elementary school leadership, head of school, independent school leadership, organizational crisis, organizational resilience, organizational trauma, principals, school administrators, school climate
The recent worldwide pandemic impacted educational systems on a global scale, forcing school leaders to reimagine educational structures as they faced the ongoing wounding of the unprecedented, shared trauma wrought by COVID-19. Mandated U.S. school closures in March of 2020 forced an immediate transition to distance learning and presented unforeseen academic and social challenges for students, educators, parents, and school leaders. As school campuses re-opened over the next year, the pandemic continued to present hardships. School leaders were tasked with developing systems to follow appropriate health and safety measures, develop systems to accommodate stakeholders’ individual health circumstances, and communicate school policies regularly to those affected by them while still prioritizing the needs of students and their academic progress. Using comparative case-study methodology, this study explored the relationship between school leadership, school climate and organizational resilience in response to the ongoing wounding of COVID-19 from its onset in March of 2020 to the declared end of the pandemic in May of 2023, at two small independent elementary schools. This study illuminated the experiences of the schools’ leaders and provided actionable and transferable guidelines for educational leaders facing organizational trauma or crisis. The five key findings support practical implications for school leaders striving to support organizational resilience. They include: the importance of positive school climate, enhanced communication, adaptive capacity, organizational structure and embracing change. The study concludes with implications for future research. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu/) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu/).
Malone, N. C. (2023). Elementary School Leadership, Climate, and Resilience during COVID-19: A Comparative Case Study of Two Independent Schools. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/980