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Mette, Ian M.; Nieuwenhuizen, Lisa; Hvidston, David J. – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of one school's teacher-driven professional development effort to address culturally responsive teaching practices in a large district in a Midwestern state. During the 2011-2012 school year, a team of teachers and principals began a three-year long effort to provide job-embedded professional…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Faculty Development, Poverty, Teacher Surveys
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Larsen, Donald E.; Hunter, Joseph E. – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2014
Research conducted by Larsen and Hunter (2013, February) identified a clear pattern in secondary school principals' decision-making related to mandated change: more than half of participants' decisions were based on core values and beliefs, requiring value judgments. Analysis of themes revealed that more than half of administrative decisions…
Descriptors: Principals, Secondary Schools, Values, Administrator Attitudes
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VanTuyle, Vicki; Reeves, Alison – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2014
Since the fall of 2012, Illinois principal preparation programs have been operating under new state requirements intended to produce highly qualified and effective school principals capable of leading Illinois schools to higher levels of student academic performance. The rules guiding new program development are applied with a broad stroke,…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Administrator Qualifications, Rural Schools
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Hernandez, Rosalinda; Roberts, Maria; Menchaca Velma – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2012
The paper describes a mixed methods approach to the process of redesigning a principal preparation program. A qualitative approach was used to gather data from superintendents within the geographic area using a focused group approach, whereas, quantitative data, were gathered through a survey of program graduates with questions aligned to the…
Descriptors: Graduate Surveys, Principals, Mixed Methods Research, Instructional Design
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Bengtson, Ed, Airola, Denise, Peer, Diana, Davis. – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2012
The Arkansas Leadership Academy (ALA) was established in 1991 and is a nationally recognized statewide partnership that includes 15 universities, 9 professional associations, the Arkansas Departments of Education, Higher Education, Career Education, and several other government and business agencies. In 2011, there were 49 partners involved…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Change, Best Practices, Social Support Groups
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Brown, Paula; Finch, Kim; MacGregor, Cynthia; Watson, Robert – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2012
In 2004, The U.S. Department of Education stated, "Great schools have great leaders" (p.1). Research supported their declaration as our nation actively pursued educational reform. School systems across the country searched for good school principals to lead, believing they were the "cornerstones of good schools" (DiPaola &…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Principals, Educational Change, Federal Legislation
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Sappington, Neil; Pacha, Joseph; Baker, Paul; Gardner, Dianne – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2012
"One of the most persistent findings from research on school improvement is, in fact, the symbiotic relationship between professional development and school improvement efforts" (Hawley & Valli, 1999, p. 129). These researchers, and others in the field, argue that there must be a direct relationship between the professional…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Change, Professional Development, Teacher Improvement
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McCotter, Suzanne – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2009
Given the importance of reflection in educators' practice, school leaders should be able to both facilitate teacher reflection and model reflective practice. This action research study examined whether or not emerging school leaders demonstrate the ability to reflect on daily practice and decision-making. Data from three classes of prospective…
Descriptors: Action Research, Principals, Reflection, Decision Making Skills
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Tattan, Thomas J.; Follo, Eric – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2009
This study used focus groups to create building blocks for the creation of a collaborative program consisting of a university and a school district for the preparation of principals. The focus groups of practitioners considered recommendations from researchers and applied it to the context of their experiences to develop the essentials of a…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, School Districts, Pilot Projects
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Busch, Steve; Johnson, Shirley; Robles-Piña, Rebecca; Slate, John R. – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2009
In this study, the researchers examined principal behaviors related with change in school climate. That is, the manner in which principals managed change within their schools and the impact of these change behaviors on the school climate was investigated. Through use of the Leadership Profile (Johnson, 2003) and the Organizational Health Inventory…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Environment
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Gray, David – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2009
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is the federal government's most recent effort to influence curriculum in America's classrooms. Its requirements for high-stakes testing and Adequate Yearly Progress have put pressure on teachers and administrators to improve student achievement. Principals whose administrative training was grounded in a…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Leadership Training
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Reeves, Patricia; Berry, James E. – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2008
Professional preparation in educational administration has been a university-based state requirement that oriented aspiring school administrators to the roles of principal or superintendent. Professional and state expectations for preparation, development, and credentialing are shifting as the complexity of leadership and administration has…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Administrator Education, Credentials, Continuing Education