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Walker, Jan – NASSP Bulletin, 2009
Effective schools research gave birth to a new role for principals: instructional leader. Recent studies have suggested the relationship between strong school instructional leadership and higher student achievement. Skeptics question whether the principal's job is realistic and reasonable, with its emphasis on instructional leadership, multiple…
Descriptors: Effective Schools Research, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Administrator Effectiveness
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Kilbane, James F., Jr. – NASSP Bulletin, 2009
School change efforts to develop schools as learning communities result in schools that are constantly learning and thus changing. This collective case study of four schools involved in a 4-year reform effort begins to examine the ongoing sustainability of a learning community. The study draws insights about the sustainability of learning…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Professional Development, Learning Activities, Discourse Communities
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Hollingshead, Barbara – NASSP Bulletin, 2009
Hall and Hord's (2005) concerns-based adoption model (CBAM) served as the framework to study a districtwide implementation of Rachel's Challenge in Rockwall, Texas. This article describes CBAM principles and strategies that were used to increase awareness of the change process during the first year of implementing the character education program.…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Values Education, Educational Change, Barriers
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Strom, Paris; Strom, Robert; Wing, Charlotte; Beckert, Troy – NASSP Bulletin, 2009
Students were electronically polled about the influence of the Internet in their education and ways teachers could use this resource to motivate them and increase their learning. Responses from the 956 adolescents showed that the school quest to increase student engagement could more often be met through online assignments that facilitate…
Descriptors: Internet, Instructional Leadership, Educational Technology, Student Motivation
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Nunnery, John; Kaplan, Leslie; Owings, William A.; Pribesh, S. – NASSP Bulletin, 2009
This study examined approximately 6,500 Florida students' reading and mathematics performance when taught by a sample of teachers who obtained their teaching credentials through the Troops to Teachers program. Results indicated that students served by Troops teachers performed about equally well in reading and achieved a small but statistically…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness
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Bottge, Brian A.; Grant, Timothy S.; Stephens, Ana C.; Rueda, Enrique – NASSP Bulletin, 2010
While curriculum specialists and committees often decide how mathematics is taught, it is ultimately principals who influence the extent to which these initiatives are carried out. The overall goal of this article is to provide school leaders with classroom-based research that describes one way of improving the math skills of middle school…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Skills, Technology Education, Skill Development
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Petzko, Vicki – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
Although there is a recurrent call for substantive reform in graduate programs in educational leadership, little has been written from the perspective of the new principal. This article reports the results of a survey of first-, second-, and third-year principals and assistant principals in which participants were asked to identify the knowledge…
Descriptors: Beginning Principals, Principals, Assistant Principals, Graduate Study
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Flynn, Gregory; Nolan, Barbara – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
This study explores the nature of teacher-parent relations as perceived by principals at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Participants included 144 principals who completed a survey examining differences in parent and teacher involvement at each level, preparedness of first-year teachers to communicate with parents, and the types of…
Descriptors: High Schools, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Hoffman, Lynn M.; Nottis, Katharyn E. K. – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
This mixed-methods study examines young adolescents' perceptions of strategies implemented before a state-mandated "high-stakes" test. Survey results for Grade 8 students (N = 215) are analyzed by sex, academic group, and preparation team. Letters to the principal are reviewed for convergence and additional themes. Although students were most…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, High Stakes Tests
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Muhammad, Crystal Gafford – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
Misinformation in the African American community regarding college costs, access, and the benefits of a college education abound. Counseling from a trustworthy, supportive school counselor can make a difference in stemming African American talent loss, especially among young Black men. Using the 1988 National Educational Longitudinal Survey, the…
Descriptors: African American Students, College Choice, School Counselors, Counseling Techniques
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Clark, Mary Ann; Lee, Sang Min; Goodman, William; Yacco, Summer – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
Educational statistics and worldwide media have reported a gender gap in academic achievement, with boys falling behind girls with regard to grades, high school graduation, and college enrollment and retention. This mixed methods study involved interviews with educators and the examination of quantitative data to investigate this issue in a school…
Descriptors: Action Research, Academic Achievement, Gender Differences, Public Education
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Calaff, Kristin Percy – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
Given the challenges of a culturally and linguistically diverse student body, one exemplary high school has developed supportive schooling practices that provide academic rigor and access for all students while embracing their linguistic and cultural identities. This ethnographic study documents how this school contributed to the college…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Ethnography, Immigrants, Community Resources
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Gajda, Rebecca; Koliba, Christopher J. – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
Teacher collaboration is an essential element of substantive school change for which principals have responsibility for cultivating. As such, it is becoming increasingly important for school leaders to employ models of supervision that focus on the performance and improvement of collective teacher behavior. In this article, the authors present a…
Descriptors: Teacher Behavior, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Change, Educational Quality
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Strom, Paris; Strom, Robert; Wing, Charlotte – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
Online polling was examined as a procedure for decision makers to find out how students perceive conditions of learning at their school. Students in Grades 7-12 from eight schools completed online polls about learning on the Internet, time management, and tutoring. Principals favorably evaluated polling as a method for gathering information and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Time Management, Electronic Learning, Student Surveys
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Smith, Vernon G. – NASSP Bulletin, 2008
Because the demand for excellence in public education is ever present, this article explores the development of a professional enhancement program designed to select and develop a qualified, competent faculty and staff. The basis for the program is a strong educational philosophy, which leads to a vision of what schools can be. It stresses the…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Change Agents, Educational Change, Staff Development
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