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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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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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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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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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McNae, Rachel – Planning and Changing, 2015
Traditional approaches to leadership development frequently draw on Eurocentric, patriarchal discourses located in frameworks aligned to adult learning that may not be culturally or contextually relevant, or fail to pay attention to the needs of young women leading within and beyond their school communities. This research engaged an alternative…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Leadership, Leadership Training, Student Centered Curriculum
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Lebental, Dana M. – Planning and Changing, 2015
This quantitative investigation focuses on women high school principals at Jewish secular schools throughout Israel. Despite challenges, Israeli women have succeeded in obtaining over half of the principal positions at Jewish secular high schools, but the degree to which there is equal gender access to leadership roles in the school system remains…
Descriptors: Geographic Distribution, Principals, Foreign Countries, High Schools
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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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Klinker, JoAnn Franklin; Hoover, J. Duane; Valle, Fernando; Hardin, Fred – Planning and Changing, 2014
Experience in problem-based learning, authentic experiences, on-the-job decision making, and critical reflection on decisions made formed the conceptual framework of an internship to develop democratic leadership as a professional ethic in interns. Interns in an on-the-job guided internship examined decisions over a 13-week period as they…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Democracy, Leadership, Internship Programs
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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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Deggs, David M.; Miller, Michael T. – Planning and Changing, 2011
Discussions at the local, state, and national level have been focused on the importance of providing access and opportunity for college attendance. While these discussions are important to raising public interest in higher education attainment, they often negate how community values influence the college attendance decision process. This study…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, College Attendance, Factor Analysis, Values
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Muñoz, Marco A.; Guskey, Thomas R.; Aberli, Jennifer R. – Planning and Changing, 2009
The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a district-wide professional development effort based on a modified Ramp-Up Program, designed to help high school teachers improve the reading skills of their students. Ramp-Up is a two-year course that seeks to accelerate the learning progress of entering high school students who…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Urban Schools, High School Students, Faculty Development
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Wells, Caryn; Feun, Lindson – Planning and Changing, 2008
This article represents a study in two parts, conducted by two researchers who were interested in learning about the level of implementation of Professional Learning Community (PLC) principles at six high schools. The researchers asked the basic questions: What is being learned about the early days of transition to a PLC? What are the changes that…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Communities of Practice, Educational Principles, Educational Practices
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Kose, Brad W. – Planning and Changing, 2008
Scholars and researchers demonstrate that principals substantially influence the quality of professional learning and offer various perspectives on the principal's role in professional development (Bredeson, 2003; Bredeson & Johansson, 2000; Kose, in press; Lindstrom & Speck, 2004; Tallerico, 2005; Youngs & King, 2002). However, how…
Descriptors: Principals, Transformative Learning, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
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Kiger, Derick M. – Planning and Changing, 2003
Parents comprise a key stakeholder group of public education that can exert significant influence over school policy, budget, and instructional decisions. Restricting this group's participation in school reform jeopardizes the success of any innovation, no matter how promising. This may be occurring with block scheduling. This research describes…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Block Scheduling, Professional Development, School Restructuring