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Rogers, Laura K. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2022
Background and Purpose: District school improvement efforts have increasingly focused on improving the quality of support principals receive from the central office. This study uses the theoretical lens of recoupling to examines efforts by one urban district in the midst of change to revise the role of principal supervisors. Analysis focuses on…
Descriptors: Principals, Supervisors, Administrator Role, Supervision
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Lewis, Melanie A. – School Library Research, 2021
This case study was conducted to explore how school district leaders can foster the development of effective school libraries in which school librarians serve as instructional leaders of multiple literacies. Participants included district-level personnel and building-level school librarians. The district-level personnel consisted of those who held…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Multiple Literacies, Librarians, Instructional Leadership
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Honig, Meredith I.; Rainey, Lydia R. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2019
Purpose: Districts across the country are calling on their principal supervisors to shift from mainly focusing on operations and compliance to dedicating their time to help principals grow as instructional leaders. Learning theory elaborates that such support for principals demands that supervisors take a teaching-and-learning approach -- which…
Descriptors: Principals, Supervision, Central Office Administrators, School Administration
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Bulkley, Katrina E.; Torres, A. Christopher; Hashim, Ayesha K.; Woodward, Sarah; Marsh, Julie A.; Strunk, Katharine O.; Harris, Douglas N. – American Journal of Education, 2021
A number of districts are moving toward a portfolio management model, in which central offices act as "portfolio managers" (PMs) that oversee--but may not actively manage--publicly funded schools. Using principal-agent theory, with its focus on goal alignment and the use of incentives, we explore how PMs operated in ways distinct from…
Descriptors: Central Office Administrators, School Administration, Portfolios (Background Materials), Principals
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Reid, David B. – School Leadership & Management, 2020
Beginning in 2009, the United States (US) federal government spearheaded a nationwide teacher evaluation reform effort, encouraging states to change their process of evaluating teachers. School principals, the primary evaluators of teacher performance, act as middle leaders in the sense they must attempt to balance messages from federal, state,…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Teacher Evaluation, Program Implementation
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Bodalina, Kishan N.; Mestry, Raj – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2022
This research was inspired by two critical factors relating to women leaders in senior positions in education district offices. Firstly, women leaders are continually plagued with stereotyping, and secondly, women are repeatedly undermined by male colleagues. Although the South African Constitution and other related legislation prohibits any form…
Descriptors: Females, Women Administrators, Central Office Administrators, Foreign Countries
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Leithwood, Kenneth; Sun, Jingping; McCullough, Catherine – Journal of Educational Administration, 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to test the effects of nine district characteristics on student achievement, explored the conditions that mediated the effects of such characteristics and contributed to understandings about the role school-level leaders play in district efforts to improve achievement. Design/methodology/approach: Data for the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Districts, Administrator Role, School Administration
Honig, Meredith I.; Rainey, Lydia R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2020
Principal supervisors often find themselves drawn into managing logistical and operational matters, instead of helping principals become more effective instructional leaders. Yet Meredith Honig and Lydia Rainey contend that principal supervisors need to make principals' instructional leadership their primary focus. Drawing on their work with…
Descriptors: Supervision, Supervisory Methods, Principals, Supervisors
Janovitz, Jennifer Beth – ProQuest LLC, 2018
In large school districts, principal supervisors oversee groups of principals. Principal supervisors commonly have titles such as Area or Regional Superintendents, Leadership Directors or Network Leaders. They are situated in the organizational hierarchy between top district leaders (Chief-level positions) and principals, and serve as the link…
Descriptors: Principals, Supervisors, Administrator Role, Instructional Leadership
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Meyers, Coby V.; Moon, Tonya R.; Patrick, Jane; Brighton, Catherine M.; Hayes, Latisha – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2022
Data use has become a priority in educational systems throughout the world under the belief that rational instructional decisions can be tailored to individual learner needs. Despite increasing expectations for school principals to be instructional leaders, there is little evidence that they -- or other system or school leaders -- are responsible…
Descriptors: Data Use, Rural Schools, School Administration, Instructional Leadership
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Davidson, Frank D.; Schwanenberger, Michael; Carlson, Howard – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2021
This study involving superintendents from four states sought to identify the nature and quality of help provided by outgoing superintendents to their successors, and to capture data regarding differences in the helpfulness of that support, depending on whether the superintendent moved to a new superintendency, retired from the position, or was…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes, Leadership Role, Helping Relationship
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Rigby, Jessica; Donaldson Walsh, Emily; Boten, Shelley; Deno, Allison; Harrison, M. Scott; Merrell, Rodrick; Pritchett, Sarah; Seaman, Scott – Journal of Educational Administration, 2019
Purpose: Research on principal supervisors (PSs) is an emerging field, and principal supervision for racial equity has not yet been studied or theorized. Conducted in partnership with practicing district leaders, the purpose of this paper is to examine current PS leadership in three districts at various points of engagement in equitable leadership…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Principals, Supervision, School Districts
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LeChasseur, Kimberly; Donaldson, Morgaen L.; Landa, Jeremy – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2020
Principal professional learning is shifting in many districts in the United States of America away from didactic, central office-managed workshops to include more peer-led learning opportunities. Yet researchers have largely failed to examine issues of positionality and authority in principal professional learning, despite international…
Descriptors: School Districts, Politics of Education, Principals, Management Development
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Wilkinson, Jane; Edwards-Groves, Christine; Grootenboer, Peter; Kemmis, Stephen – Journal of Educational Administration, 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine how Catholic district offices support school leaders' instructional leadership practices at times of major reform. Design/methodology/approach: The paper employs the theory of practice architectures as a lens through which to examine local site-based responses to system-wide reforms in two…
Descriptors: School Districts, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change, Catholic Schools
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Rinehart Kathawalla, Renée; Mehta, Jal – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2022
Purpose: Existing research on loosely coupled educational systems has largely ignored the social and affective dimensions of such systems. Drawing on literature from organizational behavior, this study examines how "human" factors, including role identity dynamics, power dynamics, and stereotyping, shape the implementation of state-led…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Stereotypes, Role, Educational Change
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