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Archbald, Doug – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2016
Objective of the Case--There is a large volume of theoretical and "how to" literature on professional learning communities (PLCs), but little documenting the challenges of implementation and even less on the challenges of system-wide implementation of PLCs. This case is about the role of the central office in initiating and supporting…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, School Districts, Communities of Practice, Central Office Administrators
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Stewart, Courtney; Raskin, Candace; Zielaski, Daniel – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2012
This study attempts to identify and describe Minnesota superintendents' perceptions of barriers to district-level reform as well as compare superintendents' perceptions of district reform related characteristics. This research also strives to identify factors preventing Minnesota's district-level leadership from implementing national reform…
Descriptors: Identification, Leadership, Superintendents, Educational Change
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Spanneut, Gene; Tobin, James; Ayers, Steven – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2011
Superintendents of schools face increased leadership demands from diverse constituents, challenges due to current conditions, and opportunities posed by evolving trends and reforms. Superintendents are in the key position to make systemic school improvements a major priority, to allocate resources to promote their progress and importance, and to…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Instructional Leadership, Superintendents, Futures (of Society)
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Lewis, Timothy; Rice, Margaret; Rice, Richard, Jr. – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2011
This study examined Alabama school superintendents' perceptions of the new Alabama instructional leadership standards as related to the superintendency, and superintendents' professional needs related to the knowledge indicators in the standards. Also explored were superintendents' perceptions towards professional development delivery methods,…
Descriptors: Time Management, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership
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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
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Wiggall, Ric – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2008
This brief provides a summary and analysis of a survey taken in the fall of 2005. The survey was conducted with a distribution of questionnaires to all of the district superintendents in the state of Arizona. Responses were received from 116 individuals out of a population of 227. These superintendents represented all three types of school…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Questionnaires, Superintendents, Educational Resources
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Robicheau, Jerry; Haar, Jean – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2008
The relevance of administrative preparation programs has been questioned. The questions center around how well programs are preparing school leaders to deal with the myriad of requirements placed in front of them (i.e. demands relate to issues of accountability, changing demographics, aging professionals, demanding publics, and school…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Administrator Education, Management Development, Relevance (Education)