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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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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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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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Flessa, Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2009
This article presents the findings of a qualitative study of four middle school principals in one urban school district. It focuses on principals' almost exclusively negative descriptions of the families and communities served by their schools. Whereas much previous writing on this topic has attributed such deficit attitudes to a few bad-thinking…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Principals, Educational Administration, Administrator Attitudes
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; May, Henry; Porter, Andrew C.; Elliott, Stephen N.; Goldring, Ellen; Murphy, Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2009
The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education is a 360-degree assessment of the effectiveness of principals' learning-centered leadership behaviors. In this report, we present results from a differential item functioning (DIF) study of the assessment. Using data from a national field trial, we searched for evidence of DIF on school level,…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership, Administrator Characteristics, Context Effect
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Giles, Corrie; Johnson, Lauri; Brooks, Sharon; Jacobson, Stephen L. – Journal of School Leadership, 2005
Few empirical studies have been undertaken concerning successful leadership practices within challenging urban schools. Given that much of the school leadership literature relies on principals as the source of evidence for school improvement, this article explores, through multiperspective case study methodology, how one failing urban elementary…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Transformational Leadership, Urban Schools