James Sebastian

James Sebastian worked with researchers at the UChicago Consortium to examine the ways in which principals affect student achievement in their schools. The study examines whether different practices are more effective in elementary versus high school. James is an Assistant Professor in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  His research interests include the study of school leadership, organizational theory and behavior, organizational learning, and urban school reform.  Focusing primarily in quantitative methods, including the application of multilevel and latent variable models, he is also interested in the application of mixed-methods and qualitative comparative analysis in examining leadership and school organization.

All Publications

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Principal Leadership and School Performance

An Examination of Instructional Leadership and Organizational Management

Article Oct 2018
Examining Integrated Leadership Systems in High Schools

Connecting Principal and Teacher Leadership to Organizational Processes and Student Outcomes

Article Apr 2017
The Role of Teacher Leadership in How Principals Influence Classroom Instruction and Student Learning The Role of Teacher Leadership in How Principals Influence Classroom Instruction and Student Learning Article Oct 2016
Free to Fail or On-Track to College Free to Fail or On-Track to College Brief Sep 2014
The Influence of School Leadership on Classroom Participation

Examining Configurations of Organizational Supports

Article May 2014
How Do Secondary Principals Influence Teaching and Learning? How Do Secondary Principals Influence Teaching and Learning? Article Oct 2013
Turning Around Low-Performing Schools in Chicago: Full Report Turning Around Low-Performing Schools in Chicago

Full Report

Report Feb 2013
The Influence of Principal Leadership on Classroom Instruction and Student Learning: A Study of Mediated Pathways to Learning The Influence of Principal Leadership on Classroom Instruction and Student Learning

A Study of Mediated Pathways to Learning

Article Feb 2012
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