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Gordon, Stephen P.; Stiegelbauer, Suzanne; Diehl. Julie – Educational Considerations, 2006
This study reports on the process and outcomes of schoolwide action research by nine schools in their first year as Network members. The participants were a blend of urban, suburban, small town, and rural schools in Central Texas. Focal points of the case studies and cross-case comparison included: (1) how the schools organized for action…
Descriptors: Action Research, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Kindergarten
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Dominguez, Ramon – Educational Considerations, 2006
Having a sufficient number of qualified individuals to fill vacant positions is essential for community colleges in both New Mexico and the nation. Qualified individuals must be well-prepared both academically and "practically" to take a leadership role in a major institution of higher education, the community college. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Doctoral Programs, Leadership, Two Year Colleges
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McGlamery, Sheryl; Fluckinger, Jarene; Edick, Nancy – Educational Considerations, 2006
The CADRE Project is a collaborative teacher induction effort between higher education and K-12 practitioners. It was designed to make a difference in the induction experience of beginning teachers. The evaluation of the CADRE project was designed to assess whether the needs of the beginning CADRE teachers were being met. In order to assess…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Collaboration, Logical Thinking
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Phelps, James L.; Addonizio, Michael F. – Educational Considerations, 2006
How do district policies, leadership, and support services influence the quality of teaching and learning in public schools? This article uses a rich longitudinal school-level database to estimate a model of student achievement and analyzes the residuals in the model to obtain estimates of the contributions of unobserved school and school district…
Descriptors: Accountability, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Models
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Bakken, Jeffrey P.; O'Brian, Mary; Shelden, Debra L. – Educational Considerations, 2006
It is imperative for special education administrators, and all administrators, to adapt to the changing demographic and educational environments. The field of special education has changed dramatically in the last three decades, and administrators can and should be leaders of the continued evolution of special education. One useful organizing…
Descriptors: Special Education, Administrators, Administrator Role, Change
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Mukuria, Gathogo; Obiakor, Festus E. – Educational Considerations, 2006
Urban school building administrators are aware of sociocultural dynamics that affect today's urban schools, but they seem to lack the will to make the necessary changes that could buttress programmatic stability and integrity. For some, the debate focuses on the issue of equity in the pursuit of educational excellence for all children. For others,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Ethnic Diversity, Special Education, Leadership
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Ashbaker, Betty Y.; Morgan, Jill – Educational Considerations, 2006
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 provided a clear mandate to school administrators to provide additional training for professional and paraprofessional staff. With its requirement that school districts must ensure that all staff are "highly qualified" for the roles assigned to them, it leaves no room for excuses or…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Regulation, Supervision, Disabilities
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Obi, Sunday O. – Educational Considerations, 2006
For many ethnically diverse students with learning disabilities, participation in postsecondary education is necessary. However, to achieve this goal, a comprehensive transition planning is essential. As a consequence, postsecondary personnel must collaborate with others to ensure nondiscriminatory but sensible treatment of ethnically diverse…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), College Students, Ethnic Diversity, Learning Disabilities
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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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Brown, Kathleen M. – Educational Considerations, 2005
The purpose of this article is to explore the effects of an alternative, transformative andragogy, i.e., the art and science of helping others to learn, designed to be responsive to the challenges of preparing educational leaders committed to social justice and equity. Three aspects of Mezirow's (1990) Transformative Learning Theory, which in…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Transformative Learning, Adult Learning, Adult Students
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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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Miller, Teresa Northern; Salsberry, Trudy – Educational Considerations, 2005
The study reported here is intended to address both the concerns regarding the lack of successful administrator preparation programs and the need for additional research which can be used to evaluate administrator preparation programs. This study used student-created exit portfolios as the database for a qualitative document analysis of two forms…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Administrator Education, Performance Based Assessment, Educational Administration
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Hackmann, Donald G.; Alsbury, Thomas L. – Educational Considerations, 2005
This article shares one educational leadership program's experiences with the use of student portfolios to assist in assessment of the program's effectiveness in preparing aspiring school principals. The authors begin with a discussion of market pressures for program reforms, which include the use of student portfolios for student assessment.…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Administrator Education, Summative Evaluation, Program Improvement
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Mountford, Meredith – Educational Considerations, 2005
The purpose of this article is to describe how two partnering organizations, the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Independence School District, experienced a successful partnership leading to simultaneous renewal. A demonstration of this successful partnership is described not by student achievement outcomes or…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, School Districts, School Restructuring, Educational Change
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Browne-Ferrigno, Tricia; Knoeppel, Robert C. – Educational Considerations, 2005
This article shares findings from an exploratory case study about an advanced leadership development program for administrator-certified practitioners in a Central Appalachian school district. The goal of the Principals Excellence Program, one of 24 projects supported by federal funds through the No Child Left Behind School Leadership Development…
Descriptors: Principals, Access to Education, Equal Education, Rural Schools
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