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ERIC Number: ED547538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-5052-4
The Role of Superintendents as Instructional Leaders Facilitating Student Achievement among ESL/EL Learners through School-Site Professional Development
Patrick, Veta Deann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The following research utilized student performance data regarding the English Language Arts curriculum from a secondary, very low-performing school site located within the Los Angeles/Hollywood community, whereby the majority of the student population was socio-disadvantaged and served a preponderance of ESL/EL learners. For the purposes of improving student achievement at this school, as well comparable school sites with similar student populaces and learning disparities, this study ascertained endorsed collegial training methods by superintendents, whose instructional leadership had contributed to comprehensive academic progress among such demographics. Current educational studies have concluded that there are direct correlations between enhanced student and teacher efficacy in core curriculum content such as English Language Arts and from school-site developed strategies created by an empowered and engaged staff development process. For the purpose of determining the most optimal professional development plans to increase English Language Development and to close staggering achievement gaps among English Language Learners, Southern California district superintendents were interviewed, observed, and surveyed. The data of this study affirmed that educators, guided by visionary, collaborative leaders, had advanced opportunities to become mutually accountable stakeholders, to obtain school-site goals, and to build rapport with their peers and administrators throughout their professional endeavors. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California