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Range, Bret G.; Pijanowski, John C.; Duncan, Heather; Scherz, Susan; Hvidston, David – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This study examines the perspectives of Wyoming instructional facilitators, concerning three coaching constructs--namely, their instructional leadership roles, teachers' instructional practices, and the support that they receive from principals and teachers. Findings suggest that instructional facilitators were positive about their instructional…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Facilitators (Individuals), Interprofessional Relationship, Principals
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Curry, Katherine A.; Adams, Curt M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Family-school partnerships are difficult to initiate and sustain in ways that actually promote student learning, especially in high-poverty communities. This quantitative study was designed to better understand how social forces shape parent responsibility in education. Based on social cognitive theory as the conceptual framework, the…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Social Networks, Statistical Analysis, Poverty
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Bickmore, Dana L.; Sulentic Dowell, Margaret-Mary – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This comparative case (Merriam, 2009) study explored two charter school principals' engagement in instructional leadership. Analysis of three data sources--interviews, observations, and documents--revealed that principals were almost exclusively focused on state accountability and possessed limited knowledge of pedagogical practices. In…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Attitudes
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Cerni, Tom; Curtis, Guy J.; Colmar, Susan H. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Research has shown that school principals who display transformational leadership are likely to influence organizational commitment and job satisfaction (Koh, 1990), and this in turn is thought to influence student learning outcomes. Based on a sample of experienced educational leaders (n = 88), this study examined if transformational leadership…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Cognitive Processes, Principals, Transformational Leadership
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Shapira-Lishchinsky, Orly – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Although there is a consensus that authentic leadership should be an essential component in educational leadership, no study to date has ever tried to find whether team-based simulations may promote authentic leadership. The purpose of this study was to identify whether principal trainees can develop authentic leadership through ethical decision…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Simulation, Teamwork
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Hernandez, Frank; Murakami, Elizabeth T.; Cerecer, Patricia Quijada – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
In this study, the role that racial identity plays among Latina school principals is examined through a case study of a principal in a K-3 elementary school. Based on a Latina/o critical race framework and a phenomenological research approach, the study explores the degree to which having a strong understanding of one's racial identity formation…
Descriptors: Racial Identification, Hispanic Americans, Principals, Case Studies
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Halverson, Richard; Clifford, Matthew – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
This article explores the idea of distributed instructional leadership as a way to understand instructional leadership practice in comprehensive high schools. Our argument is that distributed leadership analyses allow researchers to uncover and explain how instructional improvement in high schools occurs through the efforts of multiple individuals…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Participative Decision Making, High Schools, Educational Practices
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Polizzi, Joseph A.; San Clementi, Erin – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The discourse on the use of film in the educational leadership classroom is often limited to the viewing of Hollywood features or industry films created for training purposes. We were motivated by an interest in finding new, valuable curriculum material and mediums that can inform and transform the work of education administrators. Guiding the…
Descriptors: Documentaries, Films, Teaching Methods, Instructional Leadership
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O'Doherty, Ann; Ovando, Martha N. – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
This qualitative study examined the instructional leadership perceptions of four first-year principals. Findings illuminate five themes drawn from the data: definitions of instructional leadership, challenges that first-year principals faced, how these principals addressed these challenges, how the novice principals plan to enact their…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Attitudes, Leadership Responsibility
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Carpenter, Bradley W.; Diem, Sarah – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
In the field of education, critical conversations focusing on race and race relations are of primary importance given the continued inequities within our society. Statistically, public schools continue to be racially and socioeconomically separate and unequal. In our continued efforts to address such inequities, this study examines the ways in…
Descriptors: Race, Discourse Analysis, Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership
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Bredeson, Paul V. – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The leadership-for-learning project described in this article is supported by a grant from the Wallace Foundation and implemented through a partnership of faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and faculty at two other universities in the state, the Department of Public…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Urban Schools, High Schools, Principals
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Kelley, Carolyn; Salisbury, Jason – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
With strong connection to schoolwide policy and vision and to the realities of the daily life of teachers and students, the department chair is uniquely positioned to play an important role in advancing instructional effectiveness (Printy, 2008; Weller, 2001). This article provides an in-depth look at the efforts of three urban comprehensive high…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Department Heads, Urban Schools, Comprehensive Programs
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Knapp, Michael S.; Feldman, Susan; Yeh, Theresa Ling – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
This article traces how the work of instructional leadership in the urban high school embodies a response to particular pressures in the school's environment. Based on evidence from multiple-case study research in four urban districts, the article demonstrates how supervisory and nonsupervisory leaders fashioned responses to the district (and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Educational Environment
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Klar, Hans W. – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
A growing body of literature has highlighted the affordances of distributive forms of instructional leadership as a means to broaden and deepen instructional leadership capacity within schools. Yet, specifically how the capabilities of such key leaders as high school department chairs can be fostered to realize enhanced instructional capacity…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Capacity Building, Department Heads
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Danna, Stephen; Spatt, Spatt – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
Pressures on school leaders to reform are pervasive within the United States. Prior studies show that superintendents who provide clear expectations and goals, collaborate, ensure quality professional development, and attend to curriculum alignment develop effective building leaders (Marzano & Waters, 2009; Wahlstrom, Louis, Leithwood, &…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Correlation, Educational Change, Surveys
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