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Ross, John A.; Gray, Peter – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2006
Transformational leadership researchers have given little attention to teacher expectations that mediate between goals and actions. The most important of these expectations, teacher efficacy, refers to teacher beliefs that they will be able to bring about student learning. This study examined the mediating effects of teacher efficacy by comparing…
Descriptors: Transformational Leadership, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
Christensen, Justin – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In recent decades, researchers have made considerable contributions to the field of new teacher induction. More specifically, they have demonstrated that an effective induction program can increase teacher effectiveness and decrease teacher attrition (Ingersoll & Smith 2004; Ingersoll & Strong 2011; Villar & Strong 2007). Yet, little…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Catholic Schools, Secondary Schools, Teacher Effectiveness
Wald, Penelope J., Ed.; Castleberry, Michael S., Ed. – 1999
This book offers a theoretical framework and practical guidance for creating professional learning communities in schools. It proposes to renew the capacity of the school as a whole to produce positive results for all children. Part 1, "Building Professional Learning Communities: The Cornerstones," discusses the concepts and assumptions…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Hayes, Debra; Christie, Pam; Mills, Martin; Lingard, Bob – Journal of Educational Administration, 2004
This paper draws on a three-year study of 24 schools involving classroom observations and interviews with teachers and principals. Through an examination of three cases, sets of leadership practices that focus on the learning of both students and teachers are described. This set of practices is called productive leadership and how these practices…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, Interviews, Leadership
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Henning, John E.; Trent, Vickie; Engelbrecht, Dianna; Robinson, Victoria; Reed, Gregory A. – Teacher Education and Practice, 2004
In this article, we describe the implementation of a teacher leader program at the University of Northern Iowa designed specifically to address the needs of a nearby urban school district (i.e., to increase their school leadership, to complement district-wide initiatives in assessing and improving instruction, and to close the minority-achievement…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Urban Schools, Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership
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Crippen, Kent J.; Archambault, Leanna; Ford, Marilyn Sue; Levitt, Gregory A. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2004
This paper describes a unique collaboration between the College of Education (COE) and the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Here we describe our efforts to improve student science performance in traditionally underachieving urban middle schools by embracing our state's highly qualified…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Academic Achievement, Middle Schools
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McIntosh, Julie; White, Sandra H. – American Secondary Education, 2006
A pivotal point for students is the transition from middle school to high school. Students will decide during the first few weeks of their freshman year if they intend to continue their high school education (Hertzog & Morgan, 1999). This article provides the reader with the research surrounding this transition year, programs and practices…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Freshmen, Transitional Programs, Program Effectiveness
Segler Zender, Rene' – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Since the middle of the last century, student education in the U.S. public school systems has been deemed inadequate. Critics developed measures in the form of standardized testing to measure student progress in an attempt to help facilitate reforms. In the last thirty years, the federal government has played an increasing role in school reform…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Reading Skills
Davis, Donna M., Ed. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2007
The goal of this book is to generate discussion not only about how individuals can create meaningful educational experiences for all learners, but to challenge systems that necessitate a resilient nature. Ultimately, the authors promote the need for a foundation of socially just policies and practices in all educational settings and respond to the…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), African American Children, Urban Schools, School Culture
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Tharp-Taylor, Shannah; Nelson, Catherine Awsumb; Dembosky, Jacob W.; Gill, Brian – RAND Corporation, 2007
The Pittsburgh Public School District asked the RAND Corporation to monitor the first year's implementation (2006-2007) of Excellence for All (EFA) and provide feedback to district staff, the board, and other stakeholders. The Pittsburgh Public School District leadership developed EFA with the aim of increasing student achievement by improving…
Descriptors: Intervention, Formative Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Educational Change
Canniff, Julie G. – 2003
This study examined the experiences of a cohort of seven beginning high school teachers, all of whom were in their first year of teaching in schools where low performing students were at the greatest risk and where a culture of professional learning communities was rare. Teachers were struggling with what it meant to be a culturally responsive…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment
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Elster, Doris – Journal of Biological Education, 2009
Biology in Context ("bik") is a project that aims to improve biology teaching in lower secondary schools in Germany. Based on a theoretical framework derived from the National Educational Standards, four competence areas should be fostered in biology education: subject knowledge; inquiry acquisition; subject-related communication; and…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Interviews, Biology, Foreign Countries
Koellner-Clark, Karen; Borko, Hilda – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2004
The paper examines how community was established in a professional development institute that focused on algebra content knowledge for middle school mathematics teachers. This qualitative study was framed within a situative perspective. We analyzed multiple data sources to identify the ways in which community was established. Results indicate…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development, Algebra, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Reich, Justin; Levinson, Meira; Johnston, William – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2011
New social technologies offer new opportunities for creating online communities of praxis in the preparation of preservice teachers. In this design research study, 22 preservice teachers in a social studies methods class conducted online class discussions inside the National Council of the Social Studies Network Ning, a social network for social…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Social Networks
Plair, Sandra Kay – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This dissertation, organized in chapter format, is comprised of a collection of case studies designed to explain why some teachers are not prepared to meet the challenges of the National Education Technology Plan despite the pervasive evidence of technology in our personal and professional lives. The first case study is the personal history of one…
Descriptors: Evidence, Technology Planning, Federal Legislation, Active Learning
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