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Norton, M. Scott – Planning and Changing, 2011
Standardized academic testing, under-performing schools, demands for high standards in America's schools and current levels of student dropouts have resulted in renewed calls for "getting tough on student retention." The push for student retention is demanded by school boards and others in spite of the overwhelming research evidence that…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Politics of Education, Boards of Education, Grade Repetition
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Taylor, Rosemarye T.; La Cava, Gonzalo S. – Planning and Changing, 2011
Urban school leaders have challenges in continually improving student achievement and making change as quickly as needed. To address this problem 37 non-Title I principals completed an on-line survey, Principal's Actions Survey (PAS), based on the seven responsibilities for second order change identified by Marzano, Waters, and McNulty (2005).…
Descriptors: Principals, Urban Schools, Surveys, Electronic Publishing
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Munoz, Marco A.; Prather, Joseph R.; Stronge, James H. – Planning and Changing, 2011
Teacher effectiveness and evaluation using student growth measures is a popular reform strategy in education. Teachers can make a difference in student academic growth, but a question that begs an answer is how to go about measuring this impact. This study examines models of teacher effectiveness and the development of hierarchical linear models…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Elementary Education, Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
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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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Stevenson, Cerissa; Cooner, Donna – Planning and Changing, 2011
This article presents the findings from a longitudinal study of pre-service principals during their required internship. The authors investigated interns' perceived acquisition of skills to meet licensure standards using scaled scores on the Colorado Standards Knowledge (CSK) instrument and structured reflective journaling. The findings revealed…
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Principals, Academic Standards, Longitudinal Studies
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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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Drake, Jennifer; Moran, Kathryn; Sachs, Deb; Angelov, Azure Dee Smiley; Wheeler, Lynn – Planning and Changing, 2011
Recent research suggests the need for more intensive clinically-based teacher preparation programs. Many institutions of higher education, in partnership with school districts and education reform organizations, are responding to these findings. This article focuses on the experience of administrators and faculty in one urban teacher residency…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Fellowships, STEM Education
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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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McElroy, Doug; Cobb, Robert – Planning and Changing, 2010
Using data from a self-report survey of juniors and seniors, we document statistically significant growth of a student engagement culture on our campus after a three year period following implementation of an institutional Quality Enhancement Plan. Twenty-three of 45 individual variables, scores on four of 10 multivariate engagement factors, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Academic Achievement, Multivariate Analysis, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Pepper, Kaye – Planning and Changing, 2010
The focus of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on accountability created a high stakes educational environment. Although accountability is an important goal, guidance on how schools go about building the capacity to effectively accomplish the goals set in NCLB was not part of the legislation. This article supports the premise that a skillful balance of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Instructional Leadership
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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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Adamson, Bob; Tak-Shing, John Lam; Wai-Ming, Yu; Kin-Sang, Jacqueline Chan; Hau-Fai, Edmond Law; Wai-Lun, Anthony Leung – Planning and Changing, 2010
This study outlines the perceptions of school leaders regarding the New Senior Secondary Curriculum in Hong Kong. It illustrates the diversity of perceptions and responses of school leaders in terms of the purposes of the reforms, challenges to be faced, and strategies for implementing the reform. The findings suggest that school leaders'…
Descriptors: Leadership, Foreign Countries, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Change
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Curtis, Deborah; Bordelon, Deborah; Teitelbaum, Kenneth – Planning and Changing, 2010
This article draws contrasts between useful, research-based recommendations for the further development and assessment of teacher- and leader-preparation programs and those studies aiming at total "reform" that are frequently distinguished by their questionable methods, faulty assumptions, and complete disregard for the established…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Research Methodology, Politics of Education, Outcomes of Education
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