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Taylor, Matthew J.; Hallam, Pamela R.; Charlton, Cade T.; Wall, D. Gary – NASSP Bulletin, 2014
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have become increasingly popular in schools. PLCs are groups of teachers, administrators, parents, and students who collaborate to improve their practices and focus on results (DuFour, 2004). Grade-level and department teachers participate in regularly scheduled collaborative team meetings; however, many…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Teamwork, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Grenda, J. Patrick; Hackmann, Donald G. – NASSP Bulletin, 2014
This multiple-site case study examined distributed leadership practices of three middle school principals, using observations, interviews, and document analysis. Findings disclosed that the principals built on the interdisciplinary teaming structure to develop empowering organizational structures that promoted democratic governance. Employing…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Transformational Leadership, Participative Decision Making, Administrative Organization
Edmunds, Julie A.; Arshavsky, Nina; Lewis, Karla; Thrift, Beth; Unlu, Fatih; Furey, Jane – NASSP Bulletin, 2017
This article utilizes mixed methods--a lottery-based experimental design supplemented by qualitative data--to examine college readiness within an innovative high school setting: early college high schools. Early colleges are small schools that merge the high school and college experiences and are targeted at students underrepresented in college.…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Mixed Methods Research, College Readiness, High School Students
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Paige, David D.; Sizemore, John M.; Neace, William P. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
One perspective of cognitive rigor is the extent to which classroom instruction demands students to use critical thinking skills. As schools attempt to increase academic outcomes, one area of interest is the potential for engaging students in learning by increasing the use of critical thinking. The present study analyses the effect of critical…
Descriptors: Instruction, Difficulty Level, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Young, Anita Antoinette; Millard, Tanganyika; Kneale, Marcy Miller – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
Many educational models emphasize that best instructional practices are effective when working collaboratively with stakeholders. Professional learning communities focus on learning, collaborative endeavors, and shared accountability. The purpose of this article is to introduce an effectual framework for developing school counselor instructional…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, School Counselors, Program Implementation, School Counseling
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Wells, Caryn M. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
This conceptual article presents a review of the research concerning the stress level of principals over the past three decades, with emphasis on the occupational stress that principals encounter because of heightened accountability and expectations for student achievement. Mindfulness meditation, as a stress management intervention, provides the…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Principals, Accountability, Expectation
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Shockley, Robert; Watlington, Eliah; Felsher, Rivka – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
This article reports the results of a qualitative meta-analysis study of the research and literature on the efficacy of teacher induction on the retention of high-quality secondary school teachers and challenges current assumptions about the efficacy of induction despite the proliferation of induction programs nationwide. A theoretical model for…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Beginning Teacher Induction, Program Effectiveness, Correlation
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Fallon, Paul D. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
Although inextricable, the act of leading, the leader, and outcome of leadership are unique entities. Lack of such differentiation may ensnare novice leaders in broad suppositions. This conceptual article introduces a tool for analyzing leadership. Leaders can leverage the model to evaluate the act of leading, in route, via a measurable trajectory…
Descriptors: Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Models
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Hallinger, Philip; Murphy, Joseph F. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
In recent years, policy changes in American education have refocused a spotlight on principal instructional leadership. Although in previous eras the professional literature exhorted principals to "be instructional leaders," there were few sanctions if they failed to do so. In the current policy context, however, instructional leadership has…
Descriptors: Sanctions, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Role
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Miller, Patrick C.; Grobe, William J. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
The Collaborative Project (CP) began as a pilot project in five North Carolina school districts in 2007 featuring a performance incentive initiative for teachers and administrators. The objective of this study was to document principals' perceptions of the performance incentive initiative to determine challenges encountered during implementation.…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Pilot Projects, Principals, Public Policy
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Kamens, Michele Wilson; Susko, JoAnn P.; Elliott, Janice S. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
With the continuing increase of inclusive education in our public school classrooms today, there is a great deal of interest in co-teaching teams. Research indicates that administrative support is a critical factor in co-teaching effectiveness. In this study, we explored administrator knowledge and practices related to the supervision and…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Disabilities, Inclusion, Team Teaching
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Williams, Jacob L.; Pazey, Barbara; Shelby, Liz; Yates, James R. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
In the United States, students with disabilities are disproportionately exposed to exclusionary discipline. Using Intergroup Threat Theory, literature was analyzed to identify expressed perceptions from school administrators that indicated perceived threat. Analysis revealed perceived threats to administrator beliefs, values, job performance, and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Job Performance, Principals, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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Dulaney, Shannon K. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
This article discusses a qualitative case study examining one middle school's response to intervention (RtI) efforts. Study participants included the principal, assistant principal, and members of the school's leadership team. A description of the RtI consensus and infrastructure-building processes, consideration of the RtI facilitators, and a…
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Response to Intervention, Middle Schools, Educational Improvement
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Creech, Kimberly Kaye; Clouse, Pamela Jane – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
This article discusses the outcomes of a partnership between four high schools and one university to reduce the need for remediation in reading and writing. The purpose of the partnership was to build relationships between secondary and postsecondary faculty and to create a senior year English Transition course for students who did not meet ACT…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, High School Seniors, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Caruso, Louis F. – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
Novice public middle school principals currently face the challenge of navigating internal micropolitical structures while negotiating educational change during a period of decline. This year-long qualitative study detailed the lived experiences of two suburban novice middle school principals as they found themselves leading within a…
Descriptors: Beginning Principals, Politics of Education, Educational Change, Educational Administration
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