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Jones, Christopher M.; Thessin, Rebecca A. – Planning and Changing, 2015
This literature review examines the existing literature on the role of the principal in the change process to create a context for change to both develop professional learning communities (PLCs) and sustain a context of continuous improvement over time. The Brown and Anfara (2003) framework was used as a theoretical lens to analyze the literature…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Administrator Role, Principals
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Khalifa, Muhammad A.; Bashir-Ali, Khadar; Abdi, Nimo; Witherspoon Arnold, Noelle – Planning and Changing, 2014
This article examines school leadership behaviors and understandings of Somaliland school principals. By using postcolonial theory and critical phenomenology, we explore culturally responsive leadership in Northern Somalia; we expound on the unique ways that school leaders enact school leadership, and interact with the students, families, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership Responsibility, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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Brooks, Jeffrey S.; Sutherland, Ian E. – Planning and Changing, 2014
This case study of school leaders in the Southern Philippines explored principal perspectives on local dynamics that facilitate and impede meaningful educational change. The research indicated that change is a complicated proposition in the region, and that some principals are better or worse equipped to lead depending on a variety of cultural,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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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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Burke, Wendy; Marx, Gary E.; Lowenstein, Ethan – Planning and Changing, 2012
Within the context of a pilot leadership seminar, this participatory action research project explores how to effectively lead in turbulent learning environments regulated by federal policy that mandates high levels of student achievement coupled with a rigorous standards-based reform movement. Our analysis indicates: (a) adult development is a…
Descriptors: Adult Development, Seminars, Action Research, Educational Change
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Lochmiller, Chad R.; Huggins, Kristin S.; Acker-Hocevar, Michele A. – Planning and Changing, 2012
Improving student achievement in math and science has become a priority in the United States. As instructional leaders, principals can influence instruction in these vital subjects by working with classroom teachers to improve their instruction. Surprisingly, the research about the principal's role in supporting instruction in these subjects is…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Leadership Training
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Baker, Paul J. – Planning and Changing, 2011
This paper presents an array of structural configurations that invite new consideration of the necessary conditions for developing systemic school reform; first by reviewing the current literature, and then by examining thirty-six existing partnerships as structural configurations, an exploratory typology for the analysis of successful…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Systems Approach, College School Cooperation, Models
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Davis, Stephen H.; Leon, Ronald J. – Planning and Changing, 2011
Instead of focusing on how principals should be trained, an contrarian view is offered, grounded upon theoretical perspectives of experiential learning, and in particular, upon the theory of andragogy. A brief parable of the DoNoHarm School of Medicine is used as a descriptive analog for many principal preparation programs in America. The…
Descriptors: Andragogy, Experiential Learning, Leadership, Principals
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Greenlee, Bobbie J. – Planning and Changing, 2010
This study examines the demographics of SACs and the schools they serve, and proposes that demographic similarity with the school principal influences the SAC membership. The findings draw attention to the likelihood that appointment to SAC chair may be contingent on an individual's demographic similarity with the school principal. Principals also…
Descriptors: Demography, Principals, Group Dynamics, School Councils
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Sappington, Neil; Baker, Paul J.; Gardner, Dianne; Pacha, Joe – Planning and Changing, 2010
This study proposes participatory action research as a signature pedagogy for principal preparation programs. Signature pedagogies bring professional knowledge and core values together in distinctive teaching and learning arrangements. A rationale and learning results are presented that describe key components of action research intended to help…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Action Research, Participatory Research