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Vukotich, Charles J., Jr.; Lani, Grace M. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
Schools are valuable venues for research institutions. Research can also be beneficial to public schools. School administrators should be proactive in identifying research topics and establishing standards and expectations for the university researchers. This article describes the partnership between a university researcher and a K-12 director of…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Educational Research, Educational Researchers
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Fowler, Denver J.; Brown, Kelly – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
By using equity theory through a social justice lens, the authors intend to highlight how data are currently being used to solve the "what" and not the "why" as it relates to achievement gaps for marginalized students in urban settings. School practitioners have been utilizing quantitative data, such as district and state…
Descriptors: Data, Decision Making, Management Information Systems, Social Justice
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Shaffer, Michael B.; Ellis, John G.; Swensson, Jeff – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
"Getting poor kids out of failing schools" sounds like an altruistic cause most Americans support. However, one policy mechanism utilized to achieve that result, parental choice vouchers, has a checkered past. This descriptive analysis explores the policy-bubble created when state legislators eschewed their constitutional responsibility…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, State Legislation, Legislators, Politics of Education
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Penuel, William R.; Shaw, Sam; Bell, Philip; Hopkins, Megan; Neill, Tiffany; Farrell, Caitlin C. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
This paper describes a Networked Improvement Community comprised of a network of 13 states focused on improving coherence and equity in state systems of science education. Grounded in principles of improvement science adapted from healthcare, we are developing and testing resources for formative assessment in science, with the aim of developing…
Descriptors: Science Education, Equal Education, Educational Improvement, Teamwork
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Jarrett, Patrick; Tran, Henry; Buckman, David G. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
With superintendents being overwhelmingly White, male, career educators, investigations into what factors contribute to the homogeneous composition of the position are warranted. This study examined whether superintendent candidates' and school board chairpersons' gender and candidates' professional background impact resume screening decisions.…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Gender Differences, Background, Experience
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Henrikson, Robin – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
The researcher seeks to address the needed changes to superintendent evaluation by suggesting an integrated formative evaluation process that balances both the need for accountability and ongoing professional growth and support (Hallinger, Heck, & Murphy, 2014; Duke, 1990). The nuances of the superintendent and school board relationship…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Evidence Based Practice, Formative Evaluation, Administrator Evaluation
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Williams, Kathleen; Hebert, Dustin – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
Louisiana's relatively new Compass teacher observation and evaluation system is used to evaluate teacher quality or effectiveness in P-12 public schools. Secondary school administrators in one district were interviewed about their perceptions of the system and, especially, an iteration of the Danielson rubric used for teacher evaluation. Findings…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Corrales, Antonio; Schumacher, Gary; Peters, Michelle L. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
This study examined the relationship between school funding and graduation rates of Hispanic students. Data from a purposeful sample of 147 Texas school districts identified as having a student Hispanic population greater than 75% were examined. Additionally, superintendents were interviewed to provide an in-depth understanding of the potential…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Graduation Rate, Educational Finance, Superintendents
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Oakley, Daniel L.; Watkins, Sandra G.; Sheng, Bridget Z. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
Standards for superintendents of schools are clearly spelled out by The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards. ISLLC and the ELCC standards both address the political actions expected of today's district superintendents. Little scientific research has been…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Superintendents, Influences, State Legislation
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Holmes, William T.; Parker, Michele A. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
The purpose of this article is to illustrate an innovative online doctoral course on the pre-service exploration of the superintendency in order to advocate for effective teaching practices in response to calls from the field. To this end, a review of literature was utilized in order to frame and illustrate the course, bringing forth key concepts,…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Doctoral Programs, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Thompson, Rodney; Jocius, Robin – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
Due to local, state, and national accountability measures, school reform efforts have become critical of many legislative agendas. Local community members are getting off the sidelines and becoming part of the game to support local schools districts to become part of the solution. Across the United States, Collective Impact models, which propose…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Outcomes of Education, Models
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Morret, Tanya H.; Machado, Crystal H. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
Given the wide range of ability (academic, linguistic and cultural) in classrooms differentiated instruction is often difficult to manage. District and building level leadership can play an important role by providing the vision and support needed to implement Whole School Cluster Grouping (WSCG), the innovative scheduling approach described in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Cluster Grouping, Individualized Instruction, Scheduling
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Burchard, Melinda; Dormer, Jan; Fisler, Jennifer – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
This study investigated interactions between evidence-based practices implemented and attributions of factors contributing to achievement of student learning objectives. Conducted in three school districts in a mid-Atlantic state, 78 teachers completed an end-of-year survey. Internal attributions were significantly correlated with implementation…
Descriptors: Interaction, Evidence Based Practice, Behavioral Objectives, Program Implementation
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Palmer, Brandon – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
Despite empirical evidence correlating the role of the principal with student achievement, researchers have seldom scrutinized principal selection methods over the past 60 years. This mixed methods study investigated the processes by which school principals are selected. A national sample of top-level school district administrators was used to…
Descriptors: Selection Criteria, Personnel Selection, Principals, National Surveys
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Geiger, Tray J.; Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2017
In this commentary, we discuss three types of data manipulations that can occur within teacher evaluation methods: artificial inflation, artificial deflation, and artificial conflation. These types of manipulation are more popularly known in the education profession as instances of Campbell's Law (1976), which states that the higher the…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Data Analysis, Personnel Policy
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