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Kimbrel, Laurie A. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
School administrators must ensure that every child has access to high quality instruction, making it imperative that only the teacher candidates with the greatest probability of success are hired. Most teacher selection practices are neither valid nor reliable and do not accurately predict job performance. Teacher hiring processes and therefore,…
Descriptors: Teacher Selection, Educational Quality, Administrators, Instructional Effectiveness
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Hart, Walter H.; Schramm-Possinger, Meghan; Hoyle, Sherry – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
Researchers examined the relationship between superintendent longevity and district variables on standardized test scores for students in North Carolina. The authors used hierarchical multiple regression to understand if superintendent-specific variables explained variance in student performance over and above district-based variables documented…
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Districts, Persistence, Public Schools
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Roberts, Kelly Morris – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
This essay outlines the case for keeping schools diverse socioeconomically as an important priority in school choice and school assignment. The author uses the current climate surrounding charter schools and private vouchers to connect to other times in the history of our nation's schools when diversity was threatened, namely the civil rights era…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Socioeconomic Status, Elementary Secondary Education, National Competency Tests
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Puckett, Tiffany; Graves, Christopher; Sutton, Lenford C. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
Minority students and students with disabilities are disciplined disproportionately from their peers. Discipline has led to many negative consequences in the lives of youth in the United States, including the school-to-prison pipeline. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance encouraging school districts to develop policies that…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Students with Disabilities, Disproportionate Representation, Punishment
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Hallam, Pamela R.; Boren, David M. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
Many universities partner with school districts in providing professional development for school leaders through a principal's academy. Since 2002, Brigham Young University and five local districts, representing approximately one-third of all of the students in the state of Utah, have sponsored the BYU Principals Academy to meet the professional…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, School Districts, Principals
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Ketelle, Diane; Lin, Betty – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
Aesthetic leadership is focused on the developed of leadership qualities and dispositions that contribute to a leader's emotional and sensory awareness and a general self-awareness. This article outlines three arts-based assignments that were used in developing leaders in order to illustrate the kind of work that can be done to promote the…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles, Moral Values
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Bridges, Kim; Plancher, Annie Knickman; Toledo, Stephanie Downey – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
While there is a link between the work of school boards and positive outcomes for K12 students, some elected boards and superintendents continue to struggle with effective governance practices, a dynamic which can contribute to diminished public confidence. This article explores the most common challenges, their impact, and the role of…
Descriptors: Governance, Superintendents, Boards of Education, Board Administrator Relationship
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Thomas, Deani; Wieczorek, Douglas – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
We reviewed and synthesized 35 peer-reviewed empirical studies published between 2014-2018 that investigated district leaders', principals', and/or teachers' interpretations of and experiences with Race to the Top teacher evaluation systems. We analyzed evidence of how educators' prior experiences, beliefs, values, organizational contexts, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
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Lefdal, Joseph; De Jong, David – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
The superintendent position comes with a variety of challenges that may have devastating effects on the superintendent and his or her family. This quantitative study surveyed superintendents across a rural state in the Midwest and examined the perceived stressors that superintendents and their families encountered and what coping methods they used…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Stress Management, Coping, Superintendents
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Bell, John J. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate New York State school superintendent job satisfaction and the potential contributing factors to their job satisfaction in an era of reduced resources and increased accountability. Sharp, Malone and Walter (2002) created a 49-item survey entitled the Positive Aspects and Motivation Survey and used it in…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Job Satisfaction, Accountability, Educational Resources
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Harvey, James J. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
The author argues that despite demonstrable successes of public education, school leaders have not framed an effective defense against decades-long charges of school failure. Drawing on leadership literature from Aristotle through today's airport best-sellers, the author suggests that school superintendents have an obligation to make a case for…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Superintendents, Public Schools, Reputation
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Melton, Teri Denlea; Reeves, LaTanya; McBrayer, Julianne Sergi; Smith, Alexis Q. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2019
This study examined how P-12 superintendents understand and respond to political influences on their decision-making regarding matters of student success. Participants included seven recently retired superintendents from two states. Findings revealed that the major influences on superintendents' decisions were school boards, parents, community…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Decision Making
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Vukotich, Charles J., Jr.; Lani, Grace M. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
Schools are valuable venues for research institutions. Research can also be beneficial to public schools. School administrators should be proactive in identifying research topics and establishing standards and expectations for the university researchers. This article describes the partnership between a university researcher and a K-12 director of…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Educational Research, Educational Researchers
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Fowler, Denver J.; Brown, Kelly – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
By using equity theory through a social justice lens, the authors intend to highlight how data are currently being used to solve the "what" and not the "why" as it relates to achievement gaps for marginalized students in urban settings. School practitioners have been utilizing quantitative data, such as district and state…
Descriptors: Data, Decision Making, Management Information Systems, Social Justice
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Shaffer, Michael B.; Ellis, John G.; Swensson, Jeff – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
"Getting poor kids out of failing schools" sounds like an altruistic cause most Americans support. However, one policy mechanism utilized to achieve that result, parental choice vouchers, has a checkered past. This descriptive analysis explores the policy-bubble created when state legislators eschewed their constitutional responsibility…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, State Legislation, Legislators, Politics of Education
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