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Shaked, Haim; Schechter, Chen – Planning and Changing, 2017
While learning from problematic events has become a major analytical lens for staff's collaborative learning at schools, successful practices have rarely been used for this purpose. The present qualitative study explored the perceptions of aspiring principals regarding the integration of learning from problems (LFP) and learning from successes…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Cooperative Learning, Educational Practices
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Augustine-Shaw, Donna – Planning and Changing, 2016
As a continuum of professional learning for building and district leaders transitioning from leadership preparation programs into practice, the state of Kansas enacted mentoring and induction requirements as part of their role in supporting development of leadership skills important to on-the-job application of essential knowledge. One approved…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Professional Education, Mentors, Leadership Training
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Muñoz, Marco A. – Planning and Changing, 2016
Research-Practice Partnerships (RPP) can enable and support an evidence-based school culture for decision-making in districts across the nation. Based on our experiences in a large urban district, a key element for a successful RPP is to understand that school districts have their own research needs/agenda typically articulated in strategic plans.…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Systems Approach, Program Improvement
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Weiner, Jennie; Dougherty, Shaun M. – Planning and Changing, 2016
This study investigates how recent policies employed under states' waivers to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) intersect with charter schools' purpose and functioning. By collecting and analyzing all ESEA waivers granted in 2013, we find that charter schools are disproportionately represented among schools as identified in the…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Charter Schools, Government Role, Educational Improvement
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Sperandio, Jill – Planning and Changing, 2015
Women aspiring to be principals and superintendents in the U.S. public school system have little information concerning optimum career paths to leadership. This article considers recent research and theory regarding career planning in the context of K-12 schools, and the different approaches adopted by male and female aspirants. The choice of…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Women Administrators, Career Planning, Principals
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Young, Suzanne; Range, Bret G.; Hvidston, David; Mette, Ian M. – Planning and Changing, 2015
Principals in one Western state were surveyed about teacher evaluation systems commonly used across the state. Findings suggest that principals' beliefs about aligning practice to performance expectations, about how much the view of professional practice is growth-oriented, and the degree to which systems use multiple measures are the variables…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Surveys
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Hvidston, David J.; Range, Bret G.; McKim, Courtney Ann; Mette, Ian M. – Planning and Changing, 2015
This study examined the perspectives of novice and late career principals concerning instructional and organizational leadership within their performance evaluations. An online survey was sent to 251 principals with a return rate of 49%. Instructional leadership components of the evaluation that were most important to all principals were:…
Descriptors: Midlife Transitions, Online Surveys, Instructional Leadership, Organizational Development
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Husband, Terry; Hunt, Carolyn – Planning and Changing, 2015
In 2001, the U.S. congress signed the No Child Left Behind bill into law. Arguably, this has been one of the most significant educational reform policies of the 21st century. Much has been written about its effect on students, teachers, curriculum, administrators and others. Nonetheless, a comprehensive review of the empirical studies on NCLB does…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Change
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Alford, Betty; Rudolph, Amanda; Beal, Heather Olson; Hill, Brenda – Planning and Changing, 2014
Increasing rigor in secondary school classrooms for college and career readiness is a priority throughout the nation with the adoption of more challenging standards for student performance and is an important role for school leaders in creating conditions in schools to meet this challenge (Young, 2012). P-16 partnerships can assist by aligning the…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Davis, Stephen H.; Leon, Ronald J. – Planning and Changing, 2014
Faced with scarce resources and high expectations, school principals must increasingly rely upon the power of persuasion to promote ongoing school improvement. We maintain that the development of a vibrant and tangible leadership brand constructed upon a principal's core values and noble character can motivate stakeholders and stimulate school…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Educational Improvement
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Gray, Julie; Mitchell, Roxanne; Tarter, C. John – Planning and Changing, 2014
The roles of organizational and relational factors in regard to professional learning communities (PLCs) have been investigated by many, yet none have considered enabling school structures, trust, and collective efficacy as variables. We take a deeper look at the formal or organizational aspects of the school represented by enabling school…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Trust (Psychology), Collegiality
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Boyland, Lori – Planning and Changing, 2013
Due to an aging population of currently practicing superintendents, research predicts a large turnover in public school superintendent positions in this decade. Questions exist regarding whether there are sufficient numbers of potential superintendent candidates in training to fill these positions. Although principals have been recognized as a…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Public Schools
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Sorensen, Bret J.; Shepherd, Craig E.; Range, Bret G. – Planning and Changing, 2013
This study examined the make-up and training of school technology assistants who directly help teachers to integrate technology in K-12 classrooms. Fifty-six respondents from one school district in the western United States completed a questionnaire about technology assistance they provide, whether they provide this assistance on a full or part…
Descriptors: Technical Support, Teacher Aides, Questionnaires, Educational Background
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Fusarelli, Bonnie C.; Militello, Matt – Planning and Changing, 2012
This article describes an innovative approach, developed by North Carolina State University, to prepare leaders specifically for work in rural schools in high poverty districts. Operating with Race-to-the-Top funding, the Northeast Leadership Academy is a selective program with embedded practice and focused summer community internships. The…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Poverty, Elementary Secondary Education, Developmental Psychology
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Griffin, Leslie L.; Taylor, Thomas R.; Varner, Lynn W.; White, Carole L. – Planning and Changing, 2012
The Educational Leadership Master's Cohort Program at Delta State University was redesigned in 2011 to reflect current industry standards and streamline the program. Since its inception in the mid-1990s, the program has provided a nationally acclaimed model for principal preparation. The recent redesign focused on preparing school principals to…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Program Descriptions, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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