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Scott, Susan M.; Tolar, Mary Hale – Educational Considerations, 2009
In recent decades, leadership scholars have bemoaned the lack of true leaders and leadership education at all levels and issued the fabled "cry for leadership." Although institutions of higher learning have been engaged in guiding the leaders of society since their inception, they offered no formalized programs or courses until relatively…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Leadership Training, Institutes (Training Programs), Residential Programs
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Komives, Susan R.; Johnson, Matthew – Educational Considerations, 2009
Leadership research on college students has largely ignored pre-college leadership experiences. High school educators and administrators facilitate student involvement in high school through a variety of outlets; and although involvement in extracurricular activities is considered inherently positive, the degree to which these activities…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Leadership, Educational Experience, Secondary Education
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Davila, Gilbert – Educational Considerations, 2009
All students have the right to a quality education. At the same time, future principals will likely face the challenge of educating the most diverse student body since the turn of the 20th century. In this commentary, the author provides principals, new and experienced, with the means to navigate successfully the challenges of meeting the…
Descriptors: Principals, Elementary Secondary Education, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role
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Kan, Daniel B.; Reichard, Rebecca J. – Educational Considerations, 2009
With the success of graduates directly influencing the college's reputation and ranking, leadership propensity should be an important selection criterion in higher education institution's undergraduate admissions processes, but is it? For most colleges and universities, selection is done through a paper application containing only a sliver of the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Leadership, Aptitude, Admission Criteria
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Shoop, Robert J. – Educational Considerations, 2009
In 1997, two faculty members at Kansas State University began the process of creating something special and distinctive that never existed before. They clearly understood that they were embarking on a journey that would be exciting, yet not totally within their control. They were passionate about the value of developing a leadership studies…
Descriptors: Leadership, Intellectual Disciplines, Undergraduate Study, Curriculum Development
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O'Dell, Irma – Educational Considerations, 2009
Pressure from external stakeholders increasingly requires higher education institutions to provide concrete evidence of student learning. As such, assessment of student learning has become a significant part of the process of determining institutional quality. This article describes an example of one of university's response to the call for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accountability, Student Evaluation, Outcomes of Education
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Thurston, Linda P.; Middendorf, B. Jan – Educational Considerations, 2009
In higher education, assessment of leadership capacities and performance of department chairs and students allows stakeholders to evaluate individuals and programs. To that end, this article describes the Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Feedback for Department Chairs system, a psychometrically sound instrument developed…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Department Heads
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Banwart, Mary Christine; Winfrey, Kelly – Educational Considerations, 2009
The political arena, where historically women in the United States have been under-represented, provides an important laboratory for examining leadership and gender via the candidacy of now Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, who in 2008 was the first woman to run competitively for the Democratic presidential nomination. This study sought to…
Descriptors: Politics, Leadership, Sex Role, Females
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Rodriguez, Mariela A.; Murakami-Ramalho, Elizabeth; Ruff, William G. – Educational Considerations, 2009
Principals in urban settings serve elementary schools often densely populated with highly mobile, ethnically diverse, and economically disadvantaged students. Due to the changing landscape of increasing accountability issues required by the "No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)" (2001), principals must adjust the mission of the school…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Federal Legislation, Economically Disadvantaged, Accountability
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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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Wasonga, Teresa A.; Christman, Dana – Educational Considerations, 2009
This study explored the strategic use of negotiating as a tool for creating and enhancing democratic communities. A total of 44 principals from four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, provided data for this study. Results found that within schools, principals used certain skills to negotiate bureaucratic roles, and…
Descriptors: Democracy, Principals, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Improvement
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Miller, Teresa Northern; Salsberry, Trudy A.; Devin, Mary A. – Educational Considerations, 2009
This study of the superintendent focus group interviews from the "Voices 3" project adds to the research base with regard to the range and nature of the types of power experienced or used by superintendents. Using the French & Raven/Andrews & Baird model of seven types of power, the authors analyzed superintendents'…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Leadership Training, Superintendents, School Districts
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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2009
The purpose of this article is to illustrate how a valid and reliable state accountability system could be developed that identifies effective schools and school districts in a comprehensive, understandable, and practical way. The author presents an overview of the strategy used in the analysis, discusses the use of education production functions…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Accountability, Federal Legislation, Validity
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Phelps, James L. – Educational Considerations, 2008
The never-ending organizational challenge is to allocate available resources to best achieve its goals. Out of this fundamental question several models have evolved. One is a conceptual model--a way to think about how organizations operate. A second is a statistical model estimating the magnitude of relationships among goals and elements of the…
Descriptors: Productivity, Educational Change, Educational Resources, Organizational Change
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Zhang, Zhijuan; Verstegen, Deborah A.; Kim, Hoe Ryoung – Educational Considerations, 2008
Are teacher salaries related to school quality in terms of student academic achievement and teacher retention? Are teacher salaries important factors influencing teacher job satisfaction? Is teacher job satisfaction related to retention? This research addressed these questions using international and national data. First, the literature will be…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Persistence, School Holding Power
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