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McKenzie, Kathryn Bell; Locke, Leslie Ann – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This article presents the results from an empirical qualitative study of the challenges faced by teacher leaders in their attempts to work directly with their colleagues to change instructional strategies and improve student success. Additionally, it offers a challenge to the utility of a naïvely espoused theory of distributed leadership, which…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Qualitative Research, Educational Strategies, Academic Achievement
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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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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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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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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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Jean-Marie, Gaetane – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
While all educational leaders face challenges in achieving success, African American female principals often face a unique set of challenges associated with the complexity of their gender, race, and, as examined in this study, age. This case study investigates the experiences of two highly visible, early career African American female principals…
Descriptors: African Americans, Beginning Principals, Barriers, Gender Differences
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Mansfield, Katherine Cumings – Journal of School Leadership, 2013
The purpose of this article is to share the findings from a 2-year ethnography that examined female practitioners' experiences in the field. The article describes the intentions, discourses, actions, and repercussions of female administrators and teachers working to accomplish social justice for racial/ethnic minority girls from challenging…
Descriptors: Women Administrators, Females, Public Schools, Single Sex Schools
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White-Smith, Kimberly A. – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
Despite national statistics that suggest declining African American and Latino student achievement, few schools accept the challenge of educating the neediest students, and even fewer succeed. This phenomenological study examined the experiences of and strategies employed by three principals of urban schools that effectively educate traditionally…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Urban Schools, Success
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Kaimal, Girija; Barber, Margaret; Schulman, Marcia; Reed, Pete – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
Partnerships between universities and school districts are increasingly being identified as a means to overcome the difficulties of preparing the next generation of urban high school principals. This article examines the development of such a multiorganizational partnership with a large urban school district, two universities, and a national…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Principals, Urban Schools, College School Cooperation
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Daly, Alan J.; Finnigan, Kara S. – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
A number of scholars are exploring the district context in which schools are embedded. These studies suggest the importance of the district office as a support or constraint to the work of schools and offer strategies for building relations between district and site leaders. While this is an important task, what is frequently overlooked is that…
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Districts, Urban Schools, Social Networks
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Zenkov, Kristien; Harmon, James; Bell, Athene; Ewaida, Marriam; Lynch, Megan – Journal of School Leadership, 2011
In the city setting in which this article's investigation took place, high school dropout rates have remained above 50% for better than three decades. This article reports on a photographic inquiry into urban youth's perceptions of the very institution of school, revealing reasons behind the multigenerational school disengagement represented by…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Leadership, Photography
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Tschannen-Moran, Megan; Tschannen-Moran, Bob – Journal of School Leadership, 2011
The purpose of this study was to learn whether focusing on strengths through appreciative inquiry would be related to measurable changes in school climate and trust within a small urban school district. The district studied was a beleaguered, underperforming school district in the Midwest Rust Belt. Through an appreciative inquiry initiative, the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Trust (Psychology), Academic Achievement, School Districts
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