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Chang, Florence C.; Muñoz, Marco A.; Koshewa, Sheila – Planning and Changing, 2008
The increasing accountability demands are leading some districts to departmentalize or consider departmentalizing at the elementary school level (Delviscio & Muffs, 2007). Departmentalization allows teachers to specialize and teach one content area in-depth which may, in turn, lead to higher accountability test scores. Although, due to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Correlation, Student School Relationship, Departments
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Oplatka, Izhar; Hefer-Antebi, Elioz – Planning and Changing, 2008
The leadership and career experiences of the principal in other eras are relatively missing from both the writings about school administration nowadays and the social history of schools. Exploring past forms of leadership might shed light on enduring aspects of leadership and its contextual-historical influences as well as on the development of…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Moral Values, Leadership Styles
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Kowalski, Theodore J. – Planning and Changing, 2008
Doubts about effectiveness and relevancy have made the academic preparation of superintendents a reform issue in most states. Attention being given to this topic has inevitably rekindled several fundamental questions such as: To what extent is the academic preparation of superintendents consistent among and within states? What forces control…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Educational Change, Administrator Education
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Felt, Andrew J.; Koelemay, Ryan; Richter, Alexander – Planning and Changing, 2008
This article describes a method of flexible redistricting for K-12 public school districts that allows students from the same geographical region to be bused to different schools, with the goal of meeting average class size (ACS) target ranges. Results of a case study on a geographically large school district comparing this method to a traditional…
Descriptors: Busing, Class Size, School Districts, Elementary School Students
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Partlow, Michelle C. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The issue of school leadership instability and how it affects schools and student achievement has been studied. The question of how to predict turnover of the principal remains an unknown. The purpose of this research was to search for possible relationships between certain contextual variables and principal turnover and to test the independent…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Schools, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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Hackmann, Donald G. – Planning and Changing, 2007
This article explores the full-time clinical faculty position in selected educational leadership programs. Due to a gap in the literature, the need exists to engage in research studies to gain a greater understanding of this position. Questions guiding this study included: What is the experiential background of individuals who assume full-time…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, College Faculty, Qualitative Research, Educational Administration
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Breault, Donna A. – Planning and Changing, 2007
In 1997, the Illinois legislature passed House Bill 542 (Public Act 90-548) which changed teacher tenure requirements to a four-year, multi-tiered system that called for the accumulation of professional development credit for all teachers. The primary purpose of this study was to examine district responses to the 1997 legislation. To what degree,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Development, Human Resources, State School District Relationship
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Winter, Paul A.; Rinehart, James S.; Keedy, John L.; Bjork, Lars G. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The purpose of this study was to assess a statewide cadre of public school principals in terms of their attraction to the job of district superintendent. Two assumptions underlying the investigation were that (1) participant self-reported capability to become a superintendent impacts participant attraction to the job, and (2) participant…
Descriptors: Measurement, Participant Satisfaction, Public Schools, Principals
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Enomoto, Ernestine K.; Conley, Sharon – Planning and Changing, 2007
Schools employ educational technology to comply with pressures for greater accountability and efficiency in conducting operations. Specifically, schools use "management information systems" designed to automate data collection of student attendance, grades, test scores, and so on. These management information systems (MIS) employed…
Descriptors: Attendance, Management Information Systems, Educational Technology, Accountability
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Tienken, Christopher H.; Wilson, Michael J. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The perceived problem of low mathematics achievement is a concern to education leaders at all levels of PK-16 education. Results from various research raise concerns about mathematics learning of U.S. middle school students. Education leaders search for interventions to address issues related to improving mathematics achievement. This article…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Achievement, Standardized Tests, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Oplatka, Izhar – Planning and Changing, 2007
The literature on educational marketing to date has been concerned with the ways by which schools market and promote themselves in the community, their strategies to maintain and enhance their image, and the factors affecting parents and children and the processes they undergo when choosing their junior high and high school. Yet, there remains a…
Descriptors: Principals, Role, Student Recruitment, Public Relations
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Painter, Suzanne; Haladyna, Thomas; Hurwitz, Sally – Planning and Changing, 2007
Concern about teacher shortages has been widespread in the last decade. Numerous reports have focused attention on the issue in the United States where the shortage is particularly acute in specific teaching specialties and in urban and rural schools. Attempts to alleviate the shortage have taken place at multiple levels. School districts with…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Teacher Shortage, School Districts, Effect Size
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Tubin, Dorit; Klein, Sarit – Planning and Changing, 2007
Over the past few years, as part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) reform on the one hand, and the increased demands for school accountability on the other, more and more schools have launched a school website aimed at enhancing educational activities, supporting student-teacher communication, contributing to school marketing…
Descriptors: School Organization, Web Sites, Internet, Content Analysis
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Hoyle, John R. – Planning and Changing, 2007
If leadership education programs are improving, then why do some American graduates fail in leading schools and districts even as others succeed? As one way to answer this question, this study explores the preparation, careers, and success or failure of two superintendents prepared in top tier university leadership preparation doctoral programs.…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Leadership Training, Graduates, Success
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Greenlee, Bobbie J. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The increasing use of school advisory councils for budgetary decision making is an obvious trend in new patterns of school governance. As decision makers, council members are lobbied by groups and individuals desiring funding for their particular interests. Problems that need attention are judiciously considered as competing interests vie for…
Descriptors: Interests, Governance, Accountability, Organizational Development
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