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Garn, Gregg; Copeland, Gary – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This exploratory article relies on qualitative data generated from observations and focus group interviews to investigate what motivates citizens to vote in school board elections and how they choose among candidates. Our review of literature suggests that capture theory, dissatisfaction theory, retrospective voting, partisanship, issue voting,…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elections, Voting, Board Candidates
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Maxwell, Gerri M.; Locke, Leslie Ann; Scheurich, James Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
An exploratory investigation was conducted into the motivations and leadership traits of five rural school superintendents who over time evidenced a commitment to social justice. This effort meets a call in the research literature by Furman (2012), who noted that "to date, the literature offers few specifics about the actual practice of…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, Social Justice, Resilience (Psychology)
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Klatt, Roger – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Empirical studies indicate family concerns as a primary reasons why promising principals and central office administrators do not aspire to the superintendency (O'Connell, Brown, Guptil, Stosberg, & O'Connell, 2001; Volp & Rogers, 2004). Hesitancy to apply for superintendent positions is further complicated by the fact that the…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, Family Work Relationship, Quality of Life
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Hough, Kimberly L. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This quantitative survey study was designed to determine whether superintendent accountability behaviors or agreement about accountability behaviors between superintendents and their subordinate central office administrators predicted district student achievement. Hierarchical multiple regression and analyses of covariance were employed,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Statistical Analysis, Superintendents, Prediction
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Russell, Jennifer Lin; Sabina, Lou L. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Many school districts struggle to recruit sufficient high-quality principals for their schools. A variety of conditions contribute to this challenge, including the retirement of the baby boom cohort and diminishing interest in administrative careers due to the expanded responsibilities of school principals. In response, districts enact a range of…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrative Change, Educational Practices, Administrative Policy
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O'Rourke, David; Ylimaki, Rose M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This article focuses on the broader political sphere as it affects superintendents and other constituents of rural districts. The current landscape of education reform focuses on accountability--particularly at the policy level of both state and federal education agencies. This article draws on the literature and an empirical study that examined…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Rural Schools
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Woodland, Rebecca H.; Barry, Shannon; Roohr, Katrina Crotts – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Social network analysis (SNA), a methodological approach that enables the mathematical examination of interprofessional relationships, can be an important tool for understanding and leveraging the social relationships that support and restrain instructional innovation and the quality and pace of school reform initiatives. In this article, we…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Instructional Innovation, Case Studies
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Ing, Marsha – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
Informally observing classrooms is one way that principals can help improve teaching and learning. This study describes the variability of principals' classroom observations across schools and identifies the conditions under which observations relate to the instructional climate in some schools and not others. Data for this study come from…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Improvement, Classroom Observation Techniques, Urban Schools
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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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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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Portin, Bradley S.; Russell, Felice Atesoglu; Samuelson, Catherine; Knapp, Michael S. – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
Drawing on findings from a national study of learning-focused leadership in challenging urban settings, this article examines the work of teacher leadership in urban high schools. In this context, a recently emerging cadre of nonsupervisory teacher leaders, working in collaboration with supervisory leaders, exercises a form of "distributed…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Instructional Leadership, Expertise, Teacher Leadership
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Johnson, Paul A. – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The purpose of this study was to establish the content, construct, and predictive validity of the Effective Board Leadership Practices Survey (EBLPS). The EBLPS was designed to measure the leadership practices of boards of education that support student achievement. A literature review identified 12 board leadership practices supportive of student…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Academic Achievement, Leadership, Correlation
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Beard, Karen Stansberry – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The third pillar of No Child Left Behind emphasizes determining which educational programs and practices have been proven effective through rigorous scientific research. This study addressed Davis, Darling-Hammond, LaPointe, and Meyerson's (2005) call for a "need for additional research to determine the impact and relative importance of…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Federal Legislation, Superintendents, Academic Achievement
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