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Blanton, Linda P.; Perez, Yvette – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
School accountability reports reveal that wide achievement gaps exist among different subgroups of students in PK-12 schools. Research findings reveal that general and special education teachers improve their classroom practices when working in professional learning communities (PLCs). In addition, research shows that special education teachers…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Accountability, Teacher Collaboration, Achievement Gap
Helm, Judy Harris; Beneke, Sallee; Steinheimer, Kathy – Teachers College Press, 2007
Completely updated, this popular guide provides teachers with a proven method for documenting (collecting, analyzing, and displaying) young children's work at school. Written by teachers for teachers, this classic resource also shows principals, curriculum coordinators, and directors of Head Start and other early intervention programs how to…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Young Children, Documentation, Accountability
Dufour, Richard – School Administrator, 2007
In the ongoing debate of the efficacy of top-down versus bottom-up strategies to improve school districts, top-down is clearly losing. Many district leaders are reluctant to champion improvement for fear of being labeled with the epithet "top-down leader," the unkindest cut of all. In this article, the author presents the change…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Leadership Responsibility, Power Structure
Alberta Education, 2009
This report presents the outcomes of the analysis of Grade Level of Achievement (GLA) data at the provincial level to inform the program planning and evaluation needs of Alberta Education as well as school and central office based administrators. GLA data reported to Alberta Education is a teacher's judgment of a student's academic progress. GLA…
Descriptors: Evaluation Needs, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries
Loughridge, Mary E.; Tarantino, Loren R. – Corwin Press, 2004
What is the best way to share leadership duties while creating successful learning communities? What is the best way to help teachers improve their practice while also tracking student achievement? With this resource for effective leadership, answers will be found to these tough questions for every member of a school team. This book takes a…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, School Culture, School Restructuring, Parent Participation