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Sparks, Jana' – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2021
In the past year, the coronavirus has been one of the most unpredictable global health crises that has impacted the United States. The decision to move in person learning to remote learning caused uncertainty and unpredictable challenges for the entire education system. This article will highlight transformational leadership best practices for…
Descriptors: Transformational Leadership, COVID-19, Pandemics, Distance Education
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Maye, Tramene – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2021
Rural school leaders are faced with challenges to close the achievement gap between subgroups, mainly general and special education. Schools and school systems face several barriers to move forward with positive trends in the data provided by the Alabama State Department of Education. The purpose of this study was to examine teachers' perceptions…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Harrison, Aurelio; Ashley, Kecia – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2021
In this study, the researchers examined the culture and climate of selected middle and high schools in Alabama's River Region. Teachers and administrators from nine middle and eleven high schools completed two electronic surveys: (a) the School Culture Survey (SCS) and (b) the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaires (OCDQ-RM/OCDQ-RS).…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Geographic Regions, Secondary School Teachers
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Birdsong, Daniel J.; Yakimowski, Mary E. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2021
To examine support for comprehensive counseling program implementation, we explored principals' and school counselors' perceptions and experiences from programs awarded the Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction. A mixed-methods explanatory sequential design was employed. We found substantial agreement and no statistically significant…
Descriptors: School Counseling, Counseling Services, Program Implementation, Principals
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Chism, Kara; Newton, Jodie – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2021
The purpose of this research study was to determine whether participation in three years of professional learning in the Hope Leadership Academy (HLA) impacted the school as a caring community. The participants were schools that participated in the HLA and administered the School as a Caring Community Profile-II (SCCP-II) to students and adults in…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Values Education, Caring, Educational Environment
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Owens, Meghan; Thornbrough, Ken; Yakimowski, Mary E. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2021
To enrich a nurturing school environment, educators must become aware of the social and emotional byproducts of student removal from traditional homes. Many schools host students while they are placed in residential facilities, a number that is increasing across the United States (Department of Health and Human Services, 2017). Educational leaders…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Residential Institutions, Social Services
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Davis, Derrick D. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2021
Without question, faculty (regardless of discipline) should be equipped with the necessary skills to assess students fairly and ethically. This study focuses on the central and prevailing importance of faculty judgment and how that judgment (or lack thereof) influences perceptions related to ethics and assessment of students. The study outlines…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluative Thinking, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Bennett, Dee Dupree; Turnham, Rachel S.; Lemoine, Pamela A. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
This case study describes how one school district in Alabama was able to sustain learning and effectively educate students using technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Investigation of leadership practices found several established procedures that facilitated the education process differently and adapted to change abruptly. The case study…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, School Districts, Technology Uses in Education, COVID-19
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Bryant, Jason C. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
The United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that separate but equal was no longer an acceptable practice in education for students in "Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas." Across the country, school leaders grappled with the implementation of integration, andin more portions of the country, especially in the…
Descriptors: School Choice, Equal Education, Desegregation Litigation, School Desegregation
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McCarthy, Shannon N.; LaChenaye, Jenna M.; Gurley, D. Keith; Wilkinson, Larrell L. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
Family involvement has emerged as an essential component of education with the expectation that school leaders strive to engage families in their children's learning effectively. Yet traditional models of "involvement" often fail families in minority, lower socio-economic status (SES) communities. This qualitative case study documents…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, Urban Education, Family Involvement
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Samuels, Amy J.; Samuels, Gregory L. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
Equity and advocacy are essential in deconstructing and challenging racism, but how do educators apply these concepts in preparation programs to promote sustainable change? This paper explores a qualitative study on educators' perceptions of racism in P-12 schools to examine how educator preparation can navigate complex terrain to better prepare…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Teacher Education Programs, Racial Bias
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Pendola, Andrew – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
In times of financial crises, it is crucial to understand how district leaders prioritize spending to ensure an adequate and equitable education for all students. This paper examines how districts in Alabama altered spending during the Great Recession. Results demonstrate that expenditure cuts were more intense for high needs student populations,…
Descriptors: School District Spending, Economic Climate, Educational Equity (Finance), Retrenchment
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Sparks, Jana' – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
This study investigated standard practices used by mentors participating in a new teacher mentoring program that encourages identified teachers to remain in the teaching profession. School districts nationwide spend time, money, and human resources addressing the significant turnover rate and the recruitment of highly qualified teachers. This…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Persistence
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Parham, Alfred; Adair, Angela C.; Reames, Ellen H. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
Many school leaders who sought to enculturate distributive leadership and shared decision-making within their schools/school districts may not have adequate data tools that would encourage teachers and educational leaders to actively participate during times of decision-making. School organizations may struggle in this area and could benefit from…
Descriptors: Data Use, Leadership, Participative Decision Making, Principals
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Morton, Benterah C.; Upton, Amy W. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2020
This research informed conceptual article explores traditional and current roles and expectations of school leaders and school counselors through the lens of collaboration toward expanding notions of school leadership. The work defines collaboration in the context of K-12 schools with a focus on the roles of school leaders and school counselors…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, School Counselors, Leadership Role, Counselor Role
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