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Eberhard, Joseph P.; Cistone, Peter J. – Planning and Changing, 2019
With two-thirds of new leaders being women, it is becoming clearer that the face of our educational organizations is changing in symbolic and substantive ways. Some scholars have argued that every dimension of organizational leadership, including decision making, can be categorized as a masculine or feminine approach. Additionally, each decision…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Masculinity, Femininity, Public Schools
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Kamrath, Barry – Planning and Changing, 2019
After being identified as a school in need of improvement, one struggling inner city high school implemented an evening school alternative program to reduce their suspension, failure, and dropout rates. In its first year, the program graduated 100% of the student participants, all of whom were in danger of dropping out, or being kicked out of high…
Descriptors: High School Students, At Risk Students, Urban Schools, Dropout Prevention
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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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Gonzales, Miguel M. – Planning and Changing, 2019
This case study explores Costa Rica's National Executive Decree No. 31.900, requiring all public schools in the country participate in the National Program of Science and Technology Fairs (Programa Nacional de Ferias de Ciencia y Tecnología [PRONAFECYT]). The purpose of the decree is to promote innovation and to prepare students with the skills to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Principals, Science Fairs
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Bailey, Scott; Willey, George – Planning and Changing, 2017
The practicum experiences in which educational leadership students participate serve as critical bridges between the classroom work and the field. One regional university restructured the experience to include 15 hours of fieldwork embedded in each course leading up to an 85-hour field-based capstone course. The intent was three-fold: (1) to…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Practicums, Capstone Experiences
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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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Hatton, Holly; Howard, Lionel C.; Tekleselassie, Abebayehu A. – Planning and Changing, 2017
Programming for students is a primary task of building principals that has increased in intricacy as the role of accountability in education has evolved. Despite this, little research exists which examines how principals program for students in light of social, community, and policy influences. Research which reflects upon the lived experiences of…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Principals, Influences, Elementary Schools
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Ryan, Michael G. – Planning and Changing, 2017
With this practitioner action research study, I describe what happened when I, serving as an elementary school principal, disrupted the typical faculty meeting schedule with a structure called Design Your Own Learning. Here teachers were responsible for planning and carrying out professional learning based upon their own inquiry into their daily…
Descriptors: Principals, Action Research, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Meetings
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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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Gulosino, Charisse A.; Jones, Laquetta; Franceschini, Louis – Planning and Changing, 2016
The primary aim of this study is to use the survey items from the TELL Tennessee Survey (2013) using the Competing Values Framework (CVF) to determine whether teachers' observations about a set of topically organized school climate dimensions and performance levels are associated with teacher satisfaction. Specifically, the study sets out to…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Teacher Attitudes, Job Satisfaction, Institutional Characteristics
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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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Ireh, Maduakolam; Bell, Edwin D. – Planning and Changing, 2016
Successful professional development programs for teachers are necessary conditions for school success. They include those that are scientifically- and/or evidence-based, such as a product-based model. This case study examined the impact of a product-based model of professional development on K-6 students' performances on the North Carolina…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Reading Tests, Faculty Development, Educational Change
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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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Boske, Christa – Planning and Changing, 2016
People are storytelling organisms who, individually and collectively, lead storied lives. Their ways of knowing and responding to the world are essential to understanding the ways in which they think and learn. Children, teachers, and school leaders understand the world through multi-layered lived experiences; and therefore, how we make sense of…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Public Schools, Art Activities, Art Education
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Arar, Khalid – Planning and Changing, 2016
The study traced the assimilation of new administrative software in an Arab school, assisted by collaboration between the school and an Arab academic teacher-training college in Israel. The research used a mixed-method paradigm. A questionnaire consisting of 81 items was administered to 55 of the school's teachers in two stages to elicit their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Arabs, High Schools, Technology Integration
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