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Craig, Cheryl J. – Journal of Curriculum Studies, 2014
This narrative inquiry traces a beginning teacher's unfolding career over a six-year period in a diverse middle school in the fourth largest city in the USA. The work revolves around two conceptualizations: "stories to live by" and "stories to leave by." How these identity-related phenomena surface and play out in an…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers, Urban Schools
Rudd, LeeAnn Mysti – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This dissertation gathers and classifies the self-reported reasons students gave for withdrawing or considering withdrawing from first year composition (FYC) courses at an urban community college on the Gulf Coast of Texas (CCGC) between 2004 and 2008. With an average student attrition rate of 20% in FYC courses at CCGC, the research question…
Descriptors: Withdrawal (Education), Freshman Composition, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
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Sanders, Sarah – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2011
The decision to leave a successful career and great earning potential to start over as a novice with new surroundings and expectations is not made without consideration of a wide array of variables. Making the transition to higher education was not an easy one and the transition itself has presented various other challenges and joys that I have…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Administration, Disadvantaged Schools, Quality of Life
Barger, Kenna; Murray, Renee; Smith, Janie – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
Through the "Strengthening Statewide College/Career Readiness Initiative" (SSCRI), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has collaborated with states on state policy goals and actions needed to improve high school students' academic readiness for postsecondary study and reduce the need for remedial work. SREB created and implemented…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Programs, Transitional Programs
Claybon, Karen M. – ProQuest LLC, 2008
According to the Texas State Board of Education in 2002, 60% of teachers in Texas classrooms quit the profession after only five years in the classroom. In 1998-99, Texas filled over 63,000 teaching positions. Most vacant positions resulted from existing teachers retiring (11,000) or leaving the profession (46,600). A recent study in Texas…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Ethnicity, Teaching (Occupation), Recognition (Achievement)
Dedmond, Rebecca M. – Principal Leadership, 2005
Personalized learning: Everyone knows it needs to happen, but how? It is one thing to believe in the importance of high school reform. It is quite another to embrace a system that helps every student leave high school with a diploma and plans for postsecondary education or training that lead to productive and self-sufficient adulthoods. This…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Lifelong Learning, Transitional Programs, High Schools
McGary, Ostrova Dewayne – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the perceived motivators contributing African American educators' decision to migrate from a suburban school district to an urban school district. The case study approach was used in an effort to capture the participants' voices and the motivators contributing to their decision to migrate to an…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, African American Teachers
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, 2006
Growing concern about the academic proficiency of high school graduates has placed high school reform at the forefront of the education policy agenda. Critics have begun to question the degree of academic rigor in the nation's high schools, and many states and school districts are looking for ways to address this issue. This month's newsletter…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, School Restructuring
Denton, David R. – 2001
This paper suggests that since neither grade retention nor social promotion work, there must be an alternative between these two extremes. Successful efforts to end these practices should: identify student problems as early as possible; intervene as soon as problems are identified; design the extra help around each student's needs; and have strong…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
Texas Coll. and Univ. System, Austin. Coordinating Board. – 1981
A report of the Texas Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Compensation is presented, and recommendations of the Texas Coordinating Board, based on the work of the Ad Hoc Committee, are offered. Additionally, a companion document dated January 30, 1981, includes the text of presentations at an October hearing, an analysis of retirement and group insurance…
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, College Faculty, Comparative Analysis, Compensation (Remuneration)
Nwanne, Andrew I. – 1986
This study examined the attitudes of Texas public school principals toward the United States Supreme Court decision "Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur," which prohibited local school boards from establishing mandatory cutoff dates for pregnant teachers to stop and/or return to work. The population of the study consisted of all the…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education