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Arar, Khalid – Planning and Changing, 2019
This study examines principals' understanding and implementation of social justice (SJ) in the Arab education system in Israel. Qualitative research employed observations and fourteen semi-structured interviews with school principals to clarify their perceptions of SJ at school, activities to promote SJ, and leadership characteristics advancing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Justice, Arabs, Leadership
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VanGronigen, Bryan A.; Meyers, Coby V. – Planning and Changing, 2017
Federal legislation requires all low-performing schools to create yearly school improvement plans (SIPs), and in many cases, school principals are responsible for conceptualizing and drafting the SIP. However, this year-long approach may not create the necessary focus and sense of urgency low-performing schools need to learn, adapt, and turn…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Improvement, School Turnaround, School Effectiveness
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Muñoz, Marco A.; Branham, Karen E. – Planning and Changing, 2016
Professional Learning Communities are an important means toward the goal of improving schools so that students can learn at high levels. Professional Learning Communities, when well-implemented, have a laser-focus on learning, work collaboratively, and hold themselves accountable for results. In this article, the central concept of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Education, Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice
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Parson, Laura; Hunter, Cheryl A.; Kallio, Brenda – Planning and Changing, 2016
Using qualitative survey data and focus groups, this statewide study explored the experiences of the North Dakota rural principal. The intent of this study was to develop an understanding of the rural principalship in a state with a predominantly rural population and informed by personal experiences of principals. Using qualitative thematic…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Qualitative Research, Administrator Surveys, Focus Groups
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Muñoz, Marco A.; Dossett, Dena H. – Planning and Changing, 2016
This study advances our understanding of the relationships among the different elements of a teacher evaluation model and its usefulness in predicting student learning. Important questions arise about teacher evaluation systems, including (a) the magnitude of correlations among the sources of evidence used for identifying teacher effectiveness and…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Student Surveys, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques
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Huber, David J.; Conway, James M. – Planning and Changing, 2015
This study evaluated the hypothesis that schools in Connecticut's Alliance Districts (lowest-performing districts) with higher-quality school improvement plans (SIPs) would have higher levels of student achievement. An exploratory research question evaluated whether SIPs predicted achievement of particular subgroups. SIPs were obtained and scored…
Descriptors: Correlation, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Educational Quality
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Plough, Bobbie; Garcia, Ray – Planning and Changing, 2015
This work highlights a heuristic model for professional learning while examining the implementation of a reform initiative. The researchers used longitudinal data collected from surveys to develop and fit a model of professional learning where patterns of interaction among teachers changed the discussion about English learner instruction. Data…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Educational Change, Heuristics, Faculty Development
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Muñoz, Marco A.; Owens, Deborah; Bartlett, Carol – Planning and Changing, 2015
Current societal demands have increased the role of schools. The Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) seek to link students, families, and communities, using the school as the nexus for much needed services. The FRYSC offer a myriad of interventions aimed at removing non-academic barriers that hinder academic success for students…
Descriptors: Barriers, Urban Schools, Social Services, Intervention
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Patterson, Jean A.; Campbell, J. K.; Johnson, Dawn M.; Marx, Gina; Whitener, Mark – Planning and Changing, 2013
Findings from a qualitative study of two Title I middle schools that were in their second year of implementing an externally developed Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) model are presented. Policy attributes theory was used as a framework for examining implementation. The theory argues fidelity of implementation of a CSR is strongest when it is…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Middle Schools, Qualitative Research, Fidelity
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Shakeshaft, Charol; Becker, Jonathan; Mann, Dale; Reardon, Martin; Robinson, Kerry – Planning and Changing, 2013
The authors describe a simulation-based set of full-motion video scenarios which require students studying educational leadership to make decisions that solve problems presented in "A Year in the Life of a Middle School Principal." The decision points were designed to reflect the proficiencies emphasized in ISLLC [Interstate School…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Middle School Students, Instructional Leadership
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Dotger, Benjamin; Alger, Amanda – Planning and Changing, 2012
Clinical simulations provide opportunities for novice school leaders to synthesize and enact their professional knowledge, decision-making approaches, and skills in an authentic, challenging environment. This article outlines the use of clinical simulations and standardized individuals to enhance and extend the preparation of novice school…
Descriptors: Simulation, Interaction, Parent School Relationship, Administrator Education