ERIC Number: ED481243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Leadership of Middle School Students and Students with Disabilities. ERS Research Digest.
Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
American public schools enroll some 9.5 million students at the middle-school level and approximately 6 million students with disabilities at the K-12 levels. This research digest briefly presents highlights from two reports of studies that examined what is known about principals who lead middle-school and disabled student populations and what perspectives and insights their experiences offer. The first study provided a profile of middle-level principals that explored their preparation and experience for leadership positions and their job satisfaction and challenges. Among the findings from that study are the following. The typical middle-level principal is a white male approximately 50 years of age. Most middle-level principals have been assistant principals and served in that capacity for less than 10 years. In 2000, nearly half the principals reported working 60 or more hours a week. The second study discovered ways that principals promote academic success in schools where students with disabilities are achieving alongside their peers. Some of those ways include ensuring parent-school communication; emphasizing to teachers the goal of performance improvement for all students; and fostering collaborative decision-making. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Education, Assistant Principals, Beginning Principals, Instructional Leadership, Management Development, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Occupational Information, Parent School Relationship, Principals, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.