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Piland, William E., Ed.; Wolf, David B., Ed. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2003
This document discusses how community colleges have become a vital and perhaps permanent aspect of the United States higher education system, and how it must maintain a competent leadership in order to maintain its integrity. It emphasizes the importance of effective leadership development within the community colleges as they continue to develop…
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Responsibility, Community Colleges, Educational Strategies
Lashway, Larry – 2003
This information analysis discusses the changing role of the principal in light of the growth of standards-based accountability during the decade of the 1990s and into the 21st century. The paper begins with an overview of the expectations of school leaders and the changes in school leadership. This is followed by definitions of school leadership…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrative Principles, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Responsibility
Cunningham, Chris, Comp. – 2003
This document presents an outline of a number of social, economic, and demographic trends that influence the effectiveness of instruction and the social development of youth across the country. It contains numbers and statistics, recommendations, and implications, along with 30 references. The document covers trends in the following areas: (1)…
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, At Risk Persons, Birth Rate, Births to Single Women
Ramirez, Sylvia; Savage, K. Lynn – 2003
This brief identifies advantages and challenges to using video-based distance education for adult English language learners (ELLs), describing implementation alternatives and suggesting practical implementation strategies. Advantages include multiple mentoring opportunities and the ability to reach more learners. Challenges include identifying…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education
Burt, Miriam; Peyton, Joy Kreeft – 2003
This brief describes how literacy in the first language (L1) can affect the acquisition of reading skills in English, examining ways that instruction should be developed. It explains that learning to read is especially difficult for adults learning to read in a second language. According to the research, all English language learners (ELLs),…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, English (Second Language), Literacy Education
Kenyon, Dorry; Van Duzer, Carol – 2003
This document examines the concepts of validity, reliability, and appropriateness from a language testing perspective as they apply to the following four assessment issues raised by the National Reporting System (NRS): (1) What type of language assessment seems to be required by the NRS: proficiency or achievement?; (2) Knowing that the NRS…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods
Wilson, Suzanne M.; Floden, Robert E. – 2003
This addendum addresses questions of interest to state education policy makers, also elaborating on questions posed in the original work. Issues examined include: the extent to which subject knowledge contributes to teacher effectiveness; the extent to which knowledge of pedagogical theory, learning theory, or child development contribute…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Alternative Teacher Certification, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs
Miller, L. Scott – 2003
This monograph in the Urban Diversity Series takes an in-depth look at the nature of academic achievement gaps and the efforts since the 1960s to close these gaps. The monograph provides a comprehensive analysis of achievement data from pre-school through higher education. It concludes with recommendations for developing evidence-based educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
Schwartz, Wendy – 2003
Researchers have long investigated whether smaller classes improve student achievement. Their conclusions suggest that class size reduction (CSR) can result in greater in-depth coverage of subject matter by teachers, enhanced learning and stronger engagement by students, more personalized teacher-student relationships, and safer schools with fewer…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Foxon, Marguerite; Richey, Rita C.; Roberts, Robert C.; Spannaus, Timothy W. – 2003
In this third edition of "Training Manager Competencies: The Standards," the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI) presents an updated definition and discussion of the competencies of training managers. It is an expanded view that reflects the complexities and pressures of current practice…
Descriptors: Administrators, Competence, Ethics, Professional Associations
Walls, Charles A. – 2003
The digest is a summary of the information presented in the monograph, "Students on the Move: Reaching and Teaching Highly Mobile Children and Youth". It describes the different reasons for high mobility and the characteristics of highly mobile families, explains the specific educational and social support needs of highly mobile…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Mobility, Homeless People
Fletcher, J. D.; Tobias, Sigmund – 2003
This monograph in the Urban Diversity Series describes the The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)initiative, relates it to research dealing with instruction generally and computer-mediated instruction specifically, and discusses its implications for education. ADL was undertaken to make instructional material universally accessible primarily, but…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Distributive Education
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Watts, Gordon E., Ed. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2002
The purpose of this volume is to provide a current view of the evolving professional development movement in community colleges. Chapter authors provide descriptions of how their institutions have addressed issues through professional development, created institutional change, developed new delivery systems, reached beyond development programs…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Presidents
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Spangler, Mary S., Ed. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2002
This volume addresses the theme of collaboration and partnership among community colleges, businesses, and the community by focusing on credit-based examples of innovative connections. Each chapter describes the ingenuity of individuals committed to establishing a relationship based on a recognized need or opportunity. Each chapter also offers…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Economic Impact, Job Training, Labor Force Development
Brown, Kara, Comp. – 2002
This paper examines labor issues that affect school employees. It is divided into four sections: school reform; teacher compensation; scope of bargaining; and collaborative (nonadversarial) bargaining. The longest section, which focuses on various reform movements in the schools, examines accountability, school choice, and the questions…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Compensation (Remuneration), Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education
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