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Lewis, Jennifer; Asberry, Jacqueline; DeJarnett, Gregory; King, Gwendolyn – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2016
School culture is the belief and attitude influencing every aspect of how a school functions. Culture shared by all school stakeholders makes the actualization of both short-and long-term objectives easier. In this context, the best practices for shaping school culture for professional educators are personal mastery, team learning, and building a…
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Culture, Instructional Leadership, Transformational Leadership
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Gurley, D. Keith; Mendiola, Brenda – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2016
During a collegial conversation between faculty members who attended the annual fall conference of the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership, faculty members posed many questions about how the Instructional Leadership programs for which they worked compared across the state. In the winter of 2015, researchers surveyed faculty…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Administration, College Faculty, Administrator Education
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Larkin, Brittany – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2016
Two independent studies conducted by Baker, Sciarra, and Farrie (2015) and Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (2015) reveal Alabama's public school funding mechanism to be regressive and inequitable. The recommendation from both of these studies is to develop a funding formula including per pupil-based allocation and supplemental categorical…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Public Schools, Finance Reform, Resource Allocation
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Young, William; Allen, Linda; Warfield, Kimberly – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2016
Colleges and universities are looking for creative ways to increase student enrollment while providing flexible course offerings and maintaining adequate fiscal stewardship. This review of selected literature advocates for the use of online instruction in higher education in order to address, with instructional fidelity, the learning preferences…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Models, College Programs, Online Courses
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Cobia, F. Jane; Smith, Elizabeth F.; Wood, Leah Anne – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine factors impacting program quality in leadership development programs as a means to inform the Shelby County School System of effective practices in leadership development. The qualitative research design method was used to explore two school systems identified through a comprehensive review of research as…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, County School Districts, Management Development, Models
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Edwards, Anjell H.; Neill, Patricia; Faust, Phyllis B. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2015
This study examined differences in perceptions of content area teachers receiving literacy coaching and teachers receiving no literacy coaching regarding implementation of literacy instruction. It also examined student achievement on standardized tests relative to literacy coaching. A survey measured teachers' perceptions regarding their…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Academic Achievement
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Stinson, Antwuan – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2015
Educational research focuses on the way teachers and students interact and how teachers structure learning environments to promote interactions. Rural schools require more efficient use of limited human resources if they are not able to hire sufficient numbers of teachers who possess the knowledge and skills. The researcher used a phenomenological…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Interaction, Educational Environment, Rural Schools
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Connell, Peggy H.; Cobia, F. Jane; Hodge, Pat H. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2015
Eighty percent of public school teachers are females, but only 24% of school superintendents are females. This upward trend from a low of 1.3% in the early 1970s has not mirrored the increase of females in executive level positions in other professions. A mixed-methods design identified the barriers that contribute to the under-representation and…
Descriptors: Women Administrators, Likert Scales, Qualitative Research, Administrator Attitudes
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Grace, Ronald A.; Harrington, Sonja Y. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2015
Using a quantitative study the researchers examined perceptions regarding school climate of parents with children who attend urban schools, based on several dimensions: quality of the instructional program, support for learning, school climate/environment for learning, parent/school relationships, and resource management. Of the 150 administered…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement
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Edwards, LaWanda; Grace, Ronald; King, Gwendolyn – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2014
An effective relationship between the principal and school counselor is essential when improving student achievement. To have an effective relationship, there must be communication, trust and respect, leadership, and collaborative planning between the principal and school counselor (College Board, 2011). Principals and school counselors are both…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, School Counselors, Interpersonal Relationship
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Nash, Ruth C.; Richardson, Yvette M.; Hodge, Patricia H.; Connell, Peggy H.; Green, Zebbra P. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2014
Based on current research, many students in the middle grades (6-8) have not performed at their highest academic levels. In 2011, more than one-half of eighth graders in 16 Southern states scored basic or below basic on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Alternatively, effective principal-leaders strategically demonstrated…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers, Instructional Leadership, Educational Practices
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Faust, Phyllis B.; Ennis, Leslie S.; Hodge, William M. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2014
This study examined the relationship between a middle school initiative to develop student voice, interpersonal relationships, and intrapersonal relationships and students' sense of belonging. The literature indicated a strong connection between students' sense of belonging in school and positive outcomes in and out of the classroom (Deci &…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Sense of Community, Group Membership, Interpersonal Relationship
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Robinson, Armentress D. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2014
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore and gain an in-depth understanding of the personal, professional, and sociocultural experiences of ten African American female school leaders serving as assistant principals, principals, and central office administrators in four suburban school districts in the southeast region of the…
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, African American Leadership, Instructional Leadership
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Hester, Wesley; Fenn, Walter L. – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2014
Cyberbullying is a growing phenomenon influencing schools, which must be addressed. Transformational school leaders, as the literature suggests, employ strategies for addressing cyberbullying including forming partnerships, implementing education and awareness programs, and applying disciplinary action. The purpose of this study is to understand…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication, Trust (Psychology)