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Lochmiller, Chad R. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2018
This case positions the reader as the superintendent of Jefferson City Public Schools (pseudonym). Like many urban school districts in the United States, Jefferson City faces a complex milieu of fiscal challenges attributed to inadequate state funding and declining student enrollment. Within this case, the superintendent must address the failing…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Superintendents, Public Schools, Declining Enrollment
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Beachum, Floyd D.; Watson, Terri N. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2017
Nathaniel Stone, the principal of Lakeshore Community High School, was summoned to a meeting in the city. The gathering included more than a dozen influential leaders. The conversation that unfolded was, literally, unreal. Mr. Smith, a government official of sorts, called for the destruction of a social movement that was having a positive effect…
Descriptors: High Schools, Racial Bias, Academic Achievement, African American Students
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Reardon, R. Martin – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
"Double Standard" was created by the actors who appeared in the accompanying video in spring 2014, as part fulfillment of the requirements for a master's-level class highlighting ethics in education for future educational administrators. A double standard comes into focus as an incoming middle school principal establishes procedures she…
Descriptors: Ethics, Teacher Effectiveness, Principals, Middle Schools
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Peck, Craig; Clarida, Brian – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
In the contemporary context, demands for rapid school turnaround meet the reality of increased principal turnover. Therefore, it is crucial to help aspiring school leaders hone their problem-solving skills. This case provides readers with an opportunity to diagnose issues of concern at a struggling school, and then prescribe several initial…
Descriptors: Beginning Principals, Educational Improvement, Middle Schools, School Turnaround
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Marshall, Sarah; Betron, Rachel; Bubbers, Caroline; Keightley, Melissa – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case involves the alleged sexual assault of a college athlete by her professor. Rather than report the incident, the athlete turns to social media to cryptically share her story. Her messages are clear cries for help and give window to her accelerating depressed state. Given the nature of her postings and follow-up accusations, various…
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Females, Social Media
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Tenuto, Penny L.; Gardiner, Mary E.; Yamamoto, Julie K. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
To build capacity for students in educational leadership programs, we developed a teaching case study focused on managing emotion for ethical decision making in supervision of personnel. The case offers troubling encounters between a secondary assistant principal and a novice teacher, a veteran teacher, and a veteran administrator. Scenarios…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Psychological Patterns, Ethics, Ethical Instruction
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Mette, Ian M.; Biddle, Catharine; Mackenzie, Sarah V.; Harris-Smedberg, Kathy – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case was written to help prepare teacher-leaders, principals, and central office administrators, particularly those in rural and economically marginalized settings, who are expected to lead teachers and stakeholders in their community through increasingly stressed economic conditions. The intent of the case study is for educators to examine…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Advantaged, Whites, Middle Class
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Dolph, David A. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
Strategic planning is a process utilized by numerous organizations, including K-12 school boards, intent on improvement and reform. A thoughtful strategic planning process can help develop a board's desired future driven by goals and strategies aimed at progress. However, improvement processes such as strategic planning are challenging. In fact,…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Boards of Education, Superintendents, Politics of Education
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Martin, Jennifer; Beese, Jane A. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
Leaders must know how to use evidence to inform district decisions, particularly as decisions related to learning become standard practice, and provide professional development that builds the organizational capacity needed to support continuous and sustainable district improvement. Collaboration and implementation of a shared vision and mission…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, Trust (Psychology), School Districts
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Croteau, Susan M.; Lewis, Katherine – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
Gary Armstrong, assistant principal, is faced with a delicate situation. The elementary school recently enrolled a transgender student, and the principal, Amy Lamar, is resistant to considering the student's unique needs. This case was developed for use in a leadership course. Instructors can use the case to encourage dialogue around legal…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Special Needs Students, Elementary Schools, Educational Administration
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DiMartino, Catherine; Thompson, Eustace – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case tells the story of a failed public-private partnership. It illustrates how stakeholders, encouraged by the current political context, rushed into a partnership without establishing a basis for mutual understanding and expectations. As a result of this hasty arrangement, questions emerged over who ultimately controlled decisions related…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Partnerships in Education, Public Sector, Private Sector
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Barakat, Maysaa; Brooks, Jeffrey S. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
There is ongoing debate about the benefits and dangers of globalization in education, yet it is not always clear how these dynamics manifest at the school level. Moreover, it is often unclear how leaders shape or respond to these dynamics in their day-to-day practice. This case highlights issues related to school culture and globalization as a…
Descriptors: Culture Conflict, Global Approach, Leadership, School Culture
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Mize, Nicolas G. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
Principal Vanessa Sanchez assumed leadership of a high-need, high-poverty urban school with a mandate from the district superintendent to change the school culture and to build an instructional team aligned to the principal's theory of change. The central dilemma of the case is how to lead organizational change while managing interpersonal…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Personality Theories, Principals, Urban Schools
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Moon, Jodi Saxton – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case was developed for use with future school leaders in an educational setting. There are several topics of discussion that can be developed, including but not limited to policy implementation, the efficacy of professional learning communities, and improving student learning outcomes. The setting is a solidly performing middle school in the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Communities of Practice, Principals
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Sterrett, William L.; Kensler, Lisa; McKey, Tania – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
Sustainability practices that lead to greener schools are often overlooked in leadership preparation programs and in school improvement efforts. An urban middle school principal recognizes the potential to build community, foster a healthy learning environment, and redefine her school through focusing on sustainability practices in a collaborative…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Leadership Training, Conservation (Environment), Educational Improvement