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Urick, Angela; Bowers, Alex J. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
The purpose of this study is to examine the independent direct effects of student and principal perceptions of academic climate on student achievement in high school. To date, few studies have considered the influence of principal perceptions of academic climate on student achievement. In the present study, we test a set of two-level hierarchical…
Descriptors: Principals, High Schools, High School Students, Educational Environment
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Bineham, Susan C.; Shelby, Liz; Pazey, Barbara L.; Yates, James R. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Federal legislation allows local education agencies to use a student's response to scientific research-based interventions as a method of identifying specific learning disabilities. As a result, educational leadership is challenged to implement response to intervention (RTI). Despite increased literature addressing RTI, no consensus on…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Special Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Program Implementation
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Englehart, Joshua M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
While the conceiving of 21st-century schools has rightly included much discussion on curriculum and instruction, changing demands and conditions also present necessary changes in the way that student behavior is managed. A review of the literature on student discipline over the past decade reveals three particular issues that warrant attention in…
Descriptors: Discipline Policy, Educational Practices, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems
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Mills, Shirley J.; Huerta, Jeffery J.; Watt, Karen M.; Martinez, Jorge – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This study examined the perceptions of teachers and administrators with regard to AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) teacher leaders. The purpose was to compare whether teachers and administrators agree on the types of attributes needed for teacher leaders involved in implementing AVID as a school reform effort. Results revealed that…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Cosner, Shelby – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Emphasis on improving student learning has brought increased attention to the execution of schoolwide instructional reforms in general and the use of data by teacher teams in particular as an expected element of a school's instructional reform strategy. With this in mind, the purpose of this article is to focus important attention on the work…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Change Strategies, Data
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Bengtson, Ed – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This conceptual article attempts to answer the question, who should be responsible for the socialization of principals? In reaction to the criticism targeting educational leadership programs in the United States, this article discusses how individuals moving into the leadership role, educational leadership preparation programs, and school systems…
Descriptors: Principals, Socialization, Leadership Training, Professional Development
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Venzant Chambers, Terah T.; Huggins, Kristin Shawn – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Previous work on racial opportunity cost--that is, the price that students of color pay in their pursuit of academic success--is extended here using organizational culture literature to more closely explore the interplay of school culture with the racial opportunity cost experienced by the study participants. Eighteen African American and Latina/o…
Descriptors: Racial Factors, Minority Group Students, Academic Achievement, School Culture
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Range, Bret G.; Pijanowski, John C.; Duncan, Heather; Scherz, Susan; Hvidston, David – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This study examines the perspectives of Wyoming instructional facilitators, concerning three coaching constructs--namely, their instructional leadership roles, teachers' instructional practices, and the support that they receive from principals and teachers. Findings suggest that instructional facilitators were positive about their instructional…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Facilitators (Individuals), Interprofessional Relationship, Principals
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Garn, Gregg; Copeland, Gary – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This exploratory article relies on qualitative data generated from observations and focus group interviews to investigate what motivates citizens to vote in school board elections and how they choose among candidates. Our review of literature suggests that capture theory, dissatisfaction theory, retrospective voting, partisanship, issue voting,…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elections, Voting, Board Candidates
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Pierce, Stephanie – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Education research has established a significant relationship between collective teacher efficacy and student achievement. This study considered the relationship between emotional intelligence of elementary school principals and collective teacher efficacy as perceived by teachers' and principals' self-report. Study findings suggest that…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Principals, Emotional Intelligence, Teacher Effectiveness
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Maxwell, Gerri M.; Locke, Leslie Ann; Scheurich, James Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
An exploratory investigation was conducted into the motivations and leadership traits of five rural school superintendents who over time evidenced a commitment to social justice. This effort meets a call in the research literature by Furman (2012), who noted that "to date, the literature offers few specifics about the actual practice of…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, Social Justice, Resilience (Psychology)
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Fayad, Juan David; Yoshida, Roland K. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Researchers and theorists in the management and educational leadership fields have debated the importance of mission statements. This study investigated this issue within the context of American schools that are members of the Tri-Association (Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean). The results showed that about the same percentage…
Descriptors: Position Papers, Institutional Mission, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Klatt, Roger – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Empirical studies indicate family concerns as a primary reasons why promising principals and central office administrators do not aspire to the superintendency (O'Connell, Brown, Guptil, Stosberg, & O'Connell, 2001; Volp & Rogers, 2004). Hesitancy to apply for superintendent positions is further complicated by the fact that the…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, Family Work Relationship, Quality of Life
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McKenzie, Kathryn Bell; Locke, Leslie Ann – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This article presents the results from an empirical qualitative study of the challenges faced by teacher leaders in their attempts to work directly with their colleagues to change instructional strategies and improve student success. Additionally, it offers a challenge to the utility of a naïvely espoused theory of distributed leadership, which…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Qualitative Research, Educational Strategies, Academic Achievement
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Hough, Kimberly L. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This quantitative survey study was designed to determine whether superintendent accountability behaviors or agreement about accountability behaviors between superintendents and their subordinate central office administrators predicted district student achievement. Hierarchical multiple regression and analyses of covariance were employed,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Statistical Analysis, Superintendents, Prediction
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