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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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Glowacki, Heather; Hackmann, Donald G. – Planning and Changing, 2016
This study examined perceptions of Illinois public elementary school principals regarding the effectiveness of their school districts' evaluation systems for special education teachers in promoting professional development and job performance accountability. Using an online questionnaire, 330 of the state's 1,551 elementary principals responded to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teacher Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Principals
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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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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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Weiler, Spencer C. – Planning and Changing, 2015
In November of 2009 Mr. Sean Lyndon was elected to the Verde Mountain School Board and by February 2012 he resigned from this position. During his tumultuous tenure, Mr. Lyndon's antics proved divisive, caustic, and disruptive to the governance process. These actions included belittling and intimidating fellow school board members and school…
Descriptors: Public Officials, Boards of Education, Qualitative Research, School Districts
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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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Derrington, Mary Lynne – Planning and Changing, 2014
This multi-site qualitative study examined the perspectives of K-12 superintendents and principals in four districts of a Southeastern state during the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system required by the Race to the Top federal grant. Specifically, these educators' viewpoints regarding this two-year implementation's impact are…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Policy, Instructional Leadership
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Lightfoot, Jonathan; Thompson, Eustace – Planning and Changing, 2014
This case study report will identify modifications made to a traditional leadership program's structures and the effects of the work on faculty perceptions of non-traditional doctoral programs. Union Free School District is the only school district to ever be taken over by the state. A nearby university's research-based educational leadership…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Instructional Leadership, Doctoral Programs, Program Development
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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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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas – Planning and Changing, 2013
This study focuses on district leadership designed to improve student achievement. We employed a formative experiment design methodology, a type of design study, to investigate the leadership efforts to improve student and teacher learning. The findings suggest that leadership through professional development and an instructional framework led to…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Improvement, School Districts, Academic Achievement
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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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Carlson, Cameron B. – Planning and Changing, 2012
Recent state policies demand universities restructure principal preparation programs. Mandates, though unfunded, provide an opportunity for universities to engage representative stakeholders who benefit from context specific instruction. This article demonstrates how professors in one research university used collected programmatic information and…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Program Design, Principals
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Stock, Mark J.; Duncan, Heather E. – Planning and Changing, 2010
School districts across America have responded to the accountability movement by increasing professional development activities, including the utilization of onsite coaching strategies for educators. But who is mentoring the mentors? This descriptive study in one Western state found that 56% of instructional coaches reported they did not have a…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Coaching (Performance), Helping Relationship, Barriers
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Dorris, Denae – Planning and Changing, 2010
Renovation and construction of Texas public schools is occurring at a rapid pace and at high prices. Business continues to blossom in the area of school construction. Several factors influence the need to renovate or construct schools, but the impact curriculum mandates have on school construction is seldom explored. This study investigated the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Construction, School Districts, Educational Finance
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Terry, Kellie – Planning and Changing, 2010
Evolving purposes for the United States educational system have driven legislative policy over the past 40 years, beginning with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in 2002. However, researchers have demonstrated US policy intents are often unrealized in educational practice,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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