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Shawn Joseph – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
This case study involves a new school superintendent, unions, parent groups, and a school board. The case demonstrates how the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic impacted the relationships between a school board, teacher and administrator unions, parent organizations, and the school superintendent. It is the story of…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Superintendents, Suburban Schools
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Queinnise Miller; Amanda S. Tabor; Gerry S. Emig; John Decman – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
This case study explores the challenges faced by incoming principals who encounter unexpected situations along with the impacts on multiple stakeholders of leadership transition on a middle school campus. Leadership shifts are felt throughout organizations in diverse ways and may even have a personal impact on individuals in a school community.…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Principals, School Effectiveness, Leadership Styles
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Ann Marie Cotman – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
The school-to-prison pipeline (STPP) describes in shorthand the problematic relationship between some students' school experiences and their subsequent incarceration. One summer, in response to vocal concerned parents, a suburban school board adopted a zero-tolerance policy for smoking and vaping. Through the combined effects of the zero-tolerance…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Zero Tolerance Policy, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation
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Jackie Pedota – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
This teaching case explores the racialized administrative burdens placed on Latinx staff and students as a Latinx campus cultural center becomes institutionalized or more structurally embedded within a Predominantly White Institution. This case leverages the perspective of the center's Assistant Director to demonstrate how Latinx staff navigated…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Hispanic American Students, Minority Group Teachers, Cultural Centers
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Chandler Patton Miranda; Kristina Brezicha – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
This case asks educational leadership students to consider how immigrant students new to a quickly changing community may interpret subtle messaging of unbelonging and overt xenophobic hostility. Despite her best intentions, the principal in this case struggles to connect with the Latinx students and families who were recent arrivals to the…
Descriptors: Stranger Reactions, Racism, Psychological Patterns, Immigrants
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Tye A. Ripma – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
Ms. Braun, a new Special Education Director in the Baso Unified School District, is under pressure to curtail district expenditures on special education services. In her quest to understand why special education enrollment has increased, Ms. Braun learns about the challenges students face when accessing physical and mental health services at…
Descriptors: Special Education, Access to Health Care, School Health Services, Barriers
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Chase Moore; James W. Thomas; Holly Foster – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
This case study is designed for graduate students interested in higher education finances. It presents the challenges that higher education is facing regarding financial exigency elements that have led to responses with a primary focus on mergers. This financial exigency process has also caused increased legal considerations in higher education…
Descriptors: Financial Exigency, Organizational Change, Higher Education, Barriers
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Evthokia Stephanie Saclarides – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
This case explores Coach Rosa's efforts to gain access to teachers' classrooms to support teaching and learning. As Rosa demonstrates, working to gain access is a complex coaching practice and coaches cannot assume that their classroom access at any school is universal. School leaders, including district administrators, principals, coaches, and…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), School Culture, Classroom Observation Techniques, Teacher Evaluation
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Joy Rushing; Amy Serafini – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2024
An experienced principal transfers schools to rebuild trust in the school culture and community after a recent scandal and declining student achievement scores. A district level supervisor opens a way for Mr. Davie, the incoming principal, to offer middle students advanced classes. The principal believes this is an initiative that will boost…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Middle School Students, Honors Curriculum
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Clarida, Kimberly – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2023
Principal Harris, a new Black male principal at Merion High School, has found himself under fire for allegedly promoting critical race theory (CRT). He has received several forms of pushback as he navigates district and state mandates, racial trauma, invisible taxes, and microaggressions. Unfortunately, his best intentions are not good enough.…
Descriptors: African Americans, Principals, Experience, Administrator Attitudes
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Wrenn, Melissa; Gregory, Kristen; Gallagher, Jennifer – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2023
Amy Yarborough, a veteran teacher and curriculum resource leader in a rural district in Virginia, facilitates a professional learning community focused on social justice and equity-oriented instructional practices. When allegations of teaching critical race theory are reported via the state's email tip line and community social media groups, Amy…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Social Justice, Critical Race Theory, Equal Education
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Briscoe, Patricia; McIntosh, Eleanor – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2023
In this case, Mary, a cisgender White principal, is struggling in a contentious school climate with a mostly White staff and a racially divided school community. A lunchroom incident highlighted the unaddressed conflict among students, families, and the community that can no longer be ignored. Her unresponsive leadership raises questions about the…
Descriptors: Whites, Principals, Educational Environment, Minority Group Students
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Carlson, Jadwiga A.; LaVenia, Kristina N. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2023
Predominantly white institutions (PWIs) struggle to attract and retain underrepresented faculty. Despite aspirations for diversity, the reality remains that underrepresented faculty are not hired and retained in numbers sufficient to change the institution's demographics. The leadership of PWIs strives for solutions to ameliorate the trend in…
Descriptors: Predominantly White Institutions, Higher Education, Diversity (Faculty), Transformational Leadership
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Ayscue, Jennifer B.; Beam, Lindsey; Mordechay, Kfir – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2023
As gentrification changes the racial and socioeconomic composition of many neighborhoods across the United States, the enrollment of local schools in gentrifying communities may also change. While gentrification may provide opportunities for creating more diverse schools, challenges often accompany such changes. In this case, Principal Miller…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Racial Factors, Conflict, Diversity
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Dionisio, Ronald J.; Gray-Nicolas, Nakia M. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2023
Schools in the United States continue to be vastly inequitable, particularly in disciplinary practices for Black and Latinx students. This case examines one school's attempts to alleviate disproportionate disciplinary practices. Teachers are encouraged to interrogate themselves, practices, and policies through equity professional learning to…
Descriptors: African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Discipline, Disproportionate Representation
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