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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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Goddard, J. Tim – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
As a result of inter- and intranational migrations, urban schools in early 21st-century Western nations serve more ethnoculturally diverse populations than ever before. The impact of global events resonates in these schools at the local community level. In this article I argue for the administrative fusion of local and global perspectives, a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, Student Diversity, Leadership
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Auerbach, Susan – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
This article problematizes conventional school-family partnerships, as geared toward narrow school agendas or mandates for collaboration, and documents efforts to lead more authentic partnerships as part of socially just urban schools. Just as meaningful parent involvement needs to go "beyond the bake sale," so, too, must leadership for…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, School Personnel, Leadership, Urban Schools
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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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Camburn, Eric M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2009
This article presents a critical discussion of the implications of allocating the most experienced and skilled teachers in schools to teacher leadership positions. Placing such teachers in leadership positions supports school improvement initiatives, but it can also pull valuable teaching resources from the classroom. The article examines this…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Teaching Experience, Teacher Leadership
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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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Fennell, Hope-Arlene – Journal of School Leadership, 2008
Leadership continues to be a central focus for research in educational administration. Until recently, many studies about leadership have been based largely on the experiences of white males and interpreted based on the structural-functionalist perspective. In this paper the writer explores the phenomenon of leadership through the eyes and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Administration, Principals, Females
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Goddard, J. Tim – Journal of School Leadership, 2005
As a result of inter- and intranational migrations, urban schools in early 21st-century Western nations serve more ethnoculturally diverse populations than ever before. The impact of global events resonates in these schools at the local community level. In this article I argue for the administrative fusion of local and global perspectives, a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Leadership, Educational Change, Global Approach
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Doyle, Lynn H. – Journal of School Leadership, 2002
Examines the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) diagnostic and placement process of special-needs students in one urban school district from the perspective of shared power. Argues that intent of reauthorized IDEA is to shift power from school administrators and staff members to the parent/guardian members of Individualized…
Descriptors: Administrators, Bureaucracy, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education
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Osterman, Karen; Sullivan, Susan – Journal of School Leadership, 1996
Based on interviews with newly appointed urban principals, this study concludes that internal and external factors interact to influence leadership behavior. External factors (role models, district expectations, and personal and organizational support) influence principals' sense of self-efficacy, which in turn affects their interpretation of…
Descriptors: Bureaucracy, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation