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Warren, Susan R.; Pacino, Maria A.; Foy, Tami; Bond, Torria – Educational Considerations, 2011
Accreditation bodies for institutions of higher education like the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) require colleges and universities to create campus climates and experiences for students that foster diversity. In particular, schools of education have the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Schools of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Methodology
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Shockley, Robert; Hardman, John; Watlington, Eliah; Heydet-Kirsch, Patricia – Educational Considerations, 2011
In March 2007, Florida Atlantic University hosted a joint NCATE/Florida Department of Education site visit. This successful site visit and following Unit Accreditation Board report resulted in full NCATE accreditation with only one weakness cited. The weakness related to the implementation of the College's assessment system at the Advanced Levels.…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Professional Education, Cultural Differences, Higher Education
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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2011
The previous articles on class size and other productivity research paint a complex and confusing picture of the relationship between policy variables and student achievement. Missing is a conceptual scheme capable of combining the seemingly unrelated research and dissimilar estimates of effect size into a unified structure for policy analysis and…
Descriptors: Class Size, Policy Analysis, Effect Size, School Effectiveness
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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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Abrego, Jesus, Jr.; Pankake, Anita – Educational Considerations, 2010
Building and sustaining a school and district culture that has a technology "growth mindset" and the implementation of processes that support a technology-specific culture in which, "the role of the leader is to ensure that the organization develops relationships that help produce desirable results," would ensure that teachers and principals…
Descriptors: Educational Change, National Organizations, Professional Development, Leadership
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Salsberry, Trudy A. – Educational Considerations, 2010
Virtual schools are as different from each other as traditional schools are different when one moves from community to community or state to state. A virtual school typically offers a learning experience via the Internet, may or may not be supported by government funds, and may or may not be accredited. They have been in existence for quite some…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Quality Control, Leadership, Virtual Classrooms
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Currie, Nikki S. – Educational Considerations, 2010
Virtual schools are increasing in popularity as a method of providing formal education for a growing number of students in the United States. The economy, coupled with technological advances and parental demand for a more personalized, innovative, individually tailored, and high quality education alternative for their children has led to the…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Distance Education, Confidentiality, Counselor Training
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Vesely, Randall S. – Educational Considerations, 2010
Elementary and secondary students can be impacted by a number of risk factors, all of which can have a negative influence on their academic success. To that end, the identification of risk factors is an important first step in closing achievement gaps. For example, clear evidence of an achievement gap can be found in Indiana's high school…
Descriptors: Evidence, Achievement Gap, Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement
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Crampton, Faith E. – Educational Considerations, 2010
Across the nation, a surprising number of both critics and advocates of urban schools demonstrate a naivete about the limits and possibilities of funding in relationship to the academic success of urban students. On one hand, critics often argue, without solid evidence or informed analysis, that urban school districts have sufficient funds to…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Government Role
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Miller, Teresa; Ribble, Michael – Educational Considerations, 2010
Online learning has changed education in many ways. This change was not mandated, but instead filled a need expressed by students. A problem with this shift toward online teaching is that it has happened randomly and irregularly within K-12 systems. Demands from students for online learning at both K-12 and higher education levels have not always…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Education Programs, Resistance to Change, Barriers
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Moody, Robert A.; Wieland, Regi L. – Educational Considerations, 2010
Successful operation of videoconferencing technology for interactive learning demands preparation and scheduling. Well-organized strategies for interaction assist faculty in meeting individual student needs and developing the "social presence" necessary to facilitate quality online learning. Organizations can be proactive by offering…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Needs, Distance Education, Online Courses
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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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Arensdorf, Jill R.; Andenoro, Anthony C. – Educational Considerations, 2009
Leadership, regardless of definition, cannot be taught by a textbook alone, and if educators are to embrace the idea of highly engaged, holistic classrooms for Millennials, they must teach students to participate in real changes as both leaders and followers through practice and experiences. As new generations of young people mature and enter…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Age Groups, Young Adults
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