The Role of Assistant Superintendents in Principal Transformation: A Narrative Inquiry of Principals in One Urban School District


Cara Malone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Fall 2022


The purpose of this narrative inquiry is to hear stories from principals in relation to their assistant superintendent supervision and coaching and professional development through principal professional learning communities and resulting efficacy, particularly during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The literature from the field has been reviewed including research into current statistics on student performance, teacher coaching, principal development, and both assistant superintendent and central administration as well as the effects of the entire system in provoking and growing principals thus increasing student growth. Seven campus leaders consisting of elementary and secondary principals from school districts in Texas were chosen and interviewed. This inquiry will give insight into principal views of supervisory coaching, determine whether it resulted in principal efficacy, particularly during a crisis.


Ray Thompson

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision