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Augustine-Shaw, Donna; Liang, Jia – Educational Considerations, 2016
This paper highlights one state model providing mentoring and induction for new school leaders in the U.S.A. The importance of mentoring and induction as a continuation of leadership preparation is highlighted in program components and participant perceptions in The Kansas Educational Leadership Institute's (KELI) mentoring and induction program…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Mentors, Leaders, Instructional Leadership
Devin, Mary; Augustine-Shaw, Donna; Hachiya, Robert F. – Educational Considerations, 2016
Since the first Kansas State University (KSU) master's academies in 2000, the academy focus has moved from preparing candidates for principal positions to the broader vision of teacher leadership, recognizing that today's leadership relies on a team, not an individual. As leadership in schools becomes ever more challenging, requiring multiple…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Partnerships in Education, School Districts, College Faculty
RedCorn, Alex – Educational Considerations, 2016
In this commentary, the author highlights some of the insights and commentaries of the various stakeholder perspectives contained in this special issue. It was highly apparent that the leaders not only were talking the talk, they were also walking the walk, specifically in the development and implementation of leadership academies. University…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Standards, Partnerships in Education, Change Agents
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Thurman, Lance E.; Hackmann, Donald G. – Educational Considerations, 2015
In the current economic times, school personnel are regularly challenged to reduce the costs of operating the nation's school systems. School district consolidations often are proposed as a mechanism to realize fiscal savings for local communities; indeed, the number of U.S. school districts has declined dramatically over the past 70 years,…
Descriptors: High Schools, Consolidated Schools, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Role
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Augustine-Shaw, Donna – Educational Considerations, 2013
The Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI), in a unique response to an identified need by state and local professionals, has provided a vital support to educational leaders in Kansas stepping into the superintendent role. The mission of KELI has focused on providing this support through strong collaboration and a spirit of partnership with…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Superintendents, Program Effectiveness, State Programs
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Zirkel, Perry A. – Educational Considerations, 2012
In recent years, doctoral programs in education leadership have been subject to notable criticism and proposals for reform. Starting with a synthesis of this criticism, this article focuses on the two primary constituencies--university faculty members who teach in such programs, and school superintendents, who are the leading practitioners such…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Criticism, Principals, Superintendents
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Mac Iver, Martha Abele – Educational Considerations, 2010
Increasing high school graduation rates is a systemic issue, not just a school level issue. The district office therefore has a key role to play in narrowing the graduation gap and ensuring that more students earn their high school diplomas well-equipped for college or career. This article focuses first on what school districts have typically done…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention, At Risk Students, Administrator Role
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Vogel, Linda R.; Rude, Harvey – Educational Considerations, 2010
In a 1991 report, the Indian Nations at Risk Task Force documented a lack of Native educators as role models for Native American students and set a goal of doubling their number by the year 2000. Under-representation of Native American educators remains an issue today particularly with regard to school leaders (Planty et al. 2009; Snyder and…
Descriptors: Role Models, American Indians, American Indian Education, Instructional Leadership
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Knoeppel, Robert C.; Rinehart, James S. – Educational Considerations, 2010
What distinguishes successful schools from unsuccessful schools? This question has relevance for the practice of educational leadership as well as the preparation of leaders. Successful schools are led by principals who set the direction and influence student learning, and who change the instructional process by focusing deliberately on teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Statistical Analysis, Instructional Leadership
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Ivory, Gary; McClellan, Rhonda; Hyle, Adrienne E. – Educational Considerations, 2009
In this article, the authors propose that pragmatism is a perspective with great promise for understanding and researching the work of small district superintendents and developing the abilities of both pre-service students and in-service practitioners to do that work. They maintain, based on their reading of focus group interviews with small…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Focus Groups, Instructional Leadership, Superintendents
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Johnstone, Christopher J.; Dikkers, Amy Garrett; Luedeke, Amalia – Educational Considerations, 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent superintendents' leadership practices are influenced by the contemporary focus on the "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2001 (NCLB). The authors hypothesized that a national policy as pervasive as "NCLB" would have an impact on how superintendents lead, and they sought to…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Instructional Leadership
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Doolittle, Gini; Stanwood, H. Mark; Simmerman, Herb – Educational Considerations, 2006
In this article, the authors examine the prerequisites for leadership preparation programs with regard to implementing and institutionalizing professional learning communities as an instructional strategy. First, the authors posit that as faculty they must examine and reflect on their own teaching practices and how they influence their reciprocal…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Instructional Leadership, Professional Development, Cooperative Learning
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Everson, Susan Toft – Educational Considerations, 2006
This article presented a rationale for building partnerships into professional doctoral programs in educational leadership and a description of Saint Louis University's use of partnerships in its redesigned Ed.D. program. Although the program has been implemented, it continues to be a work in progress because of the underlying assumption that the…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Doctoral Programs, Problem Based Learning, Quality Control
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Barnett, Bruce G. – Educational Considerations, 2005
Given the importance of preparing administrators who can lead school improvement efforts, the purpose of this article is to explore ways in which the knowledge and skills about leadership for school improvement obtained in preparation programs can be transferred to the workplace. The author begins by examining the concept of transfer, particularly…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Education
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Tucker, Pamela D.; Henig, Cheryl B.; Salmonowicz, Michael J. – Educational Considerations, 2005
The purpose of this study was twofold. The immediate objective was to collect survey data from students, both before and after program delivery, to assess the effectiveness of the field-responsive curriculum developed for this cohort. The second purpose was to pilot an approach to program evaluation on a tightly controlled basis to begin the…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Instructional Leadership, Principals
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