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Hartman, Rita J.; Johnston, Elizabeth; Hill, Marty – Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, 2017
A descriptive case study approach is employed using a content analysis of the blogs of 36 school leaders who took part in the 2016-2017 Shadow a Student Challenge project and follow up interviews of five of the school leaders. This research was used to explore and describe how an empathetic design approach provided a greater vantage point for…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Educational Change, School Culture, Empathy
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Mania-Singer, Jackie – Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, 2017
This qualitative case study used General Systems Theory and social network analysis to explore the relationships between the members of a district central office and principals of elementary schools within an urban school district in the Midwest. Findings revealed sparse relationships between members of the district central office and principals,…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, School Districts, Central Office Administrators, School Administration
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Derrington, Mary Lynne – Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2016
This case study describes how all leaders in one elementary school focused their collective work implementing a dramatically changed, state-mandated teacher-evaluation system. The article describes how multiple leaders created new professional development structures based on staff feedback and adapted exiting professional development structures to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary Schools, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Woods, E. Hayet J.; Martin, Barbara N. – Cogent Education, 2016
Examined through the lens of leadership, were the behaviors of a principal as perceived by stakeholders. The following themes emerged: (1) Educating the Whole Child, with the subthemes: (a) providing basic needs; (b) academic interventions based on achievement data; (c) an emphasis on reading; (d) extended academic time; and (e) relationships; and…
Descriptors: Principals, Elementary Schools, Poverty, High Achievement
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Waldron, Nancy L.; McLeskey, James; Redd, Lacy – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Many schools are currently faced with the difficult task of including increasing numbers of students with disabilities and improving academic outcomes for these and other students who struggle to learn academic content. Recent research has shown that the principal is the key to ensuring that a school meets both of these goals and is both inclusive…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Educational Change
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Cosner, Shelby – Urban Education, 2011
This article reports findings from a 3-year longitudinal qualitative case study conducted in three urban elementary schools that examined the ways in which local leadership supported the initiation and early development of evidence-based grade-level collaboration as a mechanism for improving student literacy learning. Findings suggest eight key…
Descriptors: Evidence, Elementary Schools, Educational Change, Literacy
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Shepherd, Katharine; Salembier, George – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
While the basic tenets of the RtI model are well-established in the literature, few studies have been conducted to describe its implementation in rural schools. We conducted a qualitative study in three rural schools that had been designated as pilot sites by our state department of education. A cross-case analysis of the data collected through…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Educational Improvement, Rural Schools, Case Studies