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Strom, Paris S.; Strom, Robert D.; Wingate, Julius J.; Kraska, Marie F.; Beckert, Troy E. – NASSP Bulletin, 2012
This study examines the use of polling students to improve conditions of learning in their school. Students from three schools (N = 2,006) in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 completed an online poll about how cyberbullying affects their personal lives. Principals' impressions about the benefits of student polling are explained along with the Cyberbullying…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Grade 5, Student Experience, Principals
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DeWitt, Douglas M.; DeWitt, Lori J. – NASSP Bulletin, 2012
While collegiate fraternity and sorority hazing are well documented problems that receive prominent attention, hazing at the high school level is also a serious issue. Across the nation, media headlines offer a continual reminder that high school hazing is not a phenomenon of the past. As high school principals seek ways to discourage and…
Descriptors: Violence, Principals, High Schools, Followup Studies
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Teague, Ginger M.; Anfara, Vincent A., Jr.; Wilson, Nicole L.; Gaines, Cherie B.; Beavers, Jennifer L. – NASSP Bulletin, 2012
Deciding which instructional strategies to employ is a complex issue faced daily by middle school teachers. Although a wealth of literature on developmentally appropriate and responsive middle school instructional practices is available, the extent to which these strategies are employed is often unknown. Thus, the purpose of this study was to…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers, Selection, Educational Strategies
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Range, Bret G.; Duncan, Heather E.; Scherz, Susan Day; Haines, Courtney A. – NASSP Bulletin, 2012
This study explored Wyoming school leaders' perceptions about the traits of incompetent teachers, strategies used to work with incompetent teachers, and the barriers to their dismissal. Most importantly, this study differentiated how principals and superintendents viewed incompetency issues. Some major findings include school leaders' beliefs that…
Descriptors: Unions, Career Change, Classroom Techniques, Teacher Competencies
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Gerhart, Linda Gray; Harris, Sandra; Mixon, Jason – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the effective beliefs and practices of successful principals at high schools with a Hispanic population of at least 30%. Eight purposefully selected high school principals participated in the study. Findings emphasized that successful principals are passionate in their commitment to support…
Descriptors: High Schools, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Hispanic American Students
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Montgomery, Glade T.; Hirth, Marilyn A. – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
This mixed methods study examines the impact of a freshmen transition program for at-risk students at a large urban high school. The overall experiences of the participants affirmed that transition programs for at-risk students must provide a sense of belonging, teachers must be able to build strong relationships with students, and life-skills…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, At Risk Students, Urban Schools, High School Freshmen
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Barnard-Brak, Lucy; McGaha-Garnett, Valerie; Burley, Hansel – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
The current study examined access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses as a function of these school characteristics (e.g., percentage of ethnic minority and lower socioeconomic status) and then examined AP course enrollment as a function of both access to AP courses and these school characteristics. Using structural equation modeling techniques,…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Advanced Placement, Structural Equation Models, Academic Achievement
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Strom, Paris; Strom, Robert; Walker, Jenny; Sindel-Arrington, Tricia; Beckert, Troy – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
Decisions regarding school improvement are based on observations of adults. A more accurate picture of institutional assets and limitations emerges when observations of students are also considered. This presentation shows how student polling can help principals enhance conditions of learning and safety. Implications of Cyberbully Poll results at…
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Principals, Peer Relationship, Parent Participation
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Owings, William A.; Kaplan, Leslie S.; Chappell, Shanan – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
The United States has a scarcity of capable principals ready to successfully lead schools in an era of outcome-based accountability. This is especially true in high-poverty, high-minority schools. Policy makers welcome opening the principal pipeline to untraditional leaders. Research finds that teachers who have entered education through Troops to…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Alternative Teacher Certification, Military Personnel
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Valentine, Jerry W.; Prater, Mike – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
This statewide study examined the relationships between principal managerial, instructional, and transformational leadership and student achievement in public high schools. Differences in student achievement were found when schools were grouped according to principal leadership factors. Principal leadership behaviors promoting instructional and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Academic Achievement, Transformational Leadership, Leadership
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Freeburg, Beth W.; Workman, Jane E.; Arnett, Sally E.; Robinson, Joyce R. – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
The research question was "What dress norms and related rationales are found in teacher dress policies?" Data were 102 school employee handbooks. Eighty-two handbooks (80.4%) provided one or more rationale, most frequently being "To project a positive image in the community" (n = 56). Dress norms, categorized as broad and itemized, were determined…
Descriptors: Dress Codes, School Personnel, Faculty, Behavior Standards
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Flores, Sergio; Gomez, Martin O. – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
Some school leaders have viewed programs such as Advanced Placement (AP) as an attractive option to resolve the ongoing achievement gap problem. However, the ongoing debate in the field about maintaining the ostensible purity of the AP program versus diluting it with program expansion has hindered the full utilization of AP classes to close the…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Advanced Placement, Educational Opportunities, Change Strategies
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Gill, Willie Wallicia Allen – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine whether a difference existed in the percentage performance of students earning a pass/advanced score on the Standards of Learning (SOL) Test in math and reading in Virginia's Region IV for schools using an A/B block schedule and those using a traditional schedule. The research also examined if…
Descriptors: Block Scheduling, Test Results, Middle Schools, Mathematics Achievement
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Walker, Jeff; Slear, Sharon – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
There is a positive relationship between high levels of teacher efficacy and increased student achievement as well as a positive link between principal behavior and teacher efficacy. A diverse group of middle school teachers from a mid-Atlantic state were surveyed. Responses from 366 teachers were analyzed to determine whether various principal…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Middle School Teachers, Teaching Experience, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Scherrer, Jimmy – NASSP Bulletin, 2011
The use of value-added modeling (VAM) in school accountability is expanding. However, trying to decide how to embrace VAM can be rather nettlesome. Some experts claim it is "too unreliable," causes "more harm than good," and has "a big margin for error," while other experts assert VAM is "imperfect, but…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability, Inferences, Validity
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