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Schmoker, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2019
School leaders could see all their students ascend to new heights of academic achievement and find their jobs de-stressed and joyful--if they focused on only the one or two most urgently needed instructional initiatives. Schmoker makes the "case for less" and notes that if school leaders applied strict criteria to select the initiative…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Styles, Curriculum Development, Literacy
Benson, Jeffrey – Educational Leadership, 2019
Many instructional leaders--superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum coordinators, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches--forget how hard it is to teach. The real-life experience of teaching, with its day-to-day intensity, fades a little bit each month one is not in the classroom. There is, however, a way that…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Superintendents, Principals, Assistant Principals
Hochbein, Craig – Educational Leadership, 2019
Principals often have administrative duties that take them away from instructional leadership and other big-picture ideas and changes. And yet, "running a smooth ship" and effectively managing those day-to-day operational tasks might actually make school leaders better. Hochbein looks at 100 years of research about how principals spend…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Responsibility, Instructional Leadership, Governance
Ippolito, Jacy; Fisher, Douglas – Educational Leadership, 2019
A disciplinary literacy framework suggests that content-area teachers are best positioned to guide students into discipline-specific ways of reading, writing, and communicating, such as teaching science students to write as scientists do. "Disciplinary literacy instruction" can move students beyond generic literacy strategies and prepare…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing, Principals, Instructional Leadership
Sampson, Charles; Moore, Jeff; Roegman, Rachel – Educational Leadership, 2019
After bringing hidden inequities to light, a high-performing school district set out to reverse course. The district adopted two key practices to center issues of equity: the development of a district-specific metric, the Opportunity Index, and deep analysis of deceleration patterns in course taking among certain groups. These practices, alongside…
Descriptors: Equal Education, School Districts, High Schools, Academic Achievement
Hall, Pete – Educational Leadership, 2019
To be an effective school leader, one must respond promptly and honestly to performance concerns. Unfortunately, this is often a difficult and uncomfortable job to do. Hall looks at various ways that school leaders can fail at handling poorly performing teachers and then discusses the correct and fair way to handle them.
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Teacher Competencies, Administrator Role
Gill, Jennifer – Educational Leadership, 2019
The author highlights increasing district efforts to provide greater on-the-ground supports to help principals succeed as instructional leaders amid the many challenges of their job. The article looks in particular at district mentorship and supervision programs for principals that, according to initial studies and principal experiences, have…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Mentors, Coaching (Performance)
Adkins-Sharif, Jamel – Educational Leadership, 2019
As a new principal, Adkins-Sharif shares his lessons learned in the first year on the job. He hones in on classroom-focused learning to improve instructional leadership and create a thriving school culture. Adkins-Sharif suggests learning from other school leaders and peers, making time for classroom observations, and creating open dialogues with…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership Responsibility, Instructional Leadership, School Culture
Mayfield, Vernita – Educational Leadership, 2019
Mayfield poses a parable that sheds light on educators' reluctance to openly broach race-based inequalities in schools: A tale of a land whose "mountain" farmers for benefited from policies that plundered land, resources, and rights from the land's (struggling) "valley" farmers, but where farming conditions couldn't be openly…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Socialization, Racial Identification, Ethnicity
Marshall, Tanji Reed – Educational Leadership, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court's "Brown v. Board" decision brought with it a myriad of unintended consequences. Perhaps most notably, it exposed black students to subpar assignments and deficit thinking. These inequities, in fact, persist today: In one TNTP study, classrooms of mostly white students were 1.5 times more likely to receive…
Descriptors: School Desegregation, Racial Bias, Social Justice, Equal Education
Morris, Monique W. – Educational Leadership, 2019
"What we believe about young people matters--it informs how we treat them and what they come to believe about themselves," writes Pushout author Monique Morris. Unfortunately, according to recent studies, adults tend to view black girls as less innocent and childlike than their peers. This biased belief can lead to harsher discipline in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, African American Students, Racial Bias, Social Bias
Gorski, Paul – Educational Leadership, 2019
School leaders committed to bringing racial equity must ask why educators in schools who advocate fiercely for equity often feel isolated or face repercussions, while educators who are reluctant to make change for equity are rarely challenged. Gorski, who has decades of experience working for school-based equity, says most racial-equity efforts in…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Social Justice, Teacher Role, Educational Change
Roegman, Rachel; Samarapungavan, Ala; Maeda, Yukiko; Johns, Gary – Educational Leadership, 2019
The "Every Student Succeeds Act" requires that student's test scores be disaggregated by racial characteristics. Nevertheless, the author's recent study suggests that K-12 school principals may not intentionally think about race when they collect, interpret, analyze, and make decisions about data. By not disaggregating data by race,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Race, Data Collection, Data Analysis
Walker, Vanessa Siddle – Educational Leadership, 2019
Author and education expert Vanessa Siddle Walker discusses the historical significance of desegregation, specifically looking at the way, prior to the "Brown vs. The Board of Education" ruling, that black educators worked to create an aspirational environment for their students and toiled behind the scenes to gain them access and…
Descriptors: African American Teachers, Educational History, School Desegregation, African American Education
Noguera, Pedro A. – Educational Leadership, 2019
Reflecting on his own experiences attending integrated schools in the 1960s and 70s, scholar Pedro Noguera argues that, despite the challenges involved, school integration remains essential for providing better educational opportunities for students. At a time when our nation is becoming irreversibly more diverse, Noguera writes, the country's…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Racial Integration, Educational Environment, Desegregation Litigation
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