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Bennett, Jeffrey V.; McKee, Tiffany; Martin, Staci – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This case study describes collaboration between business executives and superintendents to influence local/regional K-12 educational change. Specifically, we examine participant like-mindedness about the ethics and appropriate focus of K-12 intermediary collaboration, the extent of democratic functioning, and key individuals to involve. Data…
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Case Studies
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O'Rourke, David; Ylimaki, Rose M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
This article focuses on the broader political sphere as it affects superintendents and other constituents of rural districts. The current landscape of education reform focuses on accountability--particularly at the policy level of both state and federal education agencies. This article draws on the literature and an empirical study that examined…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Rural Schools
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Eyal, Ori; Yosef-Hassidim, Doron – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
This study explores how educational champions--teachers who initiate unsolicited innovation--construct their entrepreneurial endeavors while interacting with principals' management styles and how that interaction influences the sustainability of teachers' initiatives. Through semistructured interviews (N = 71) and analysis anchored in grounded…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Semi Structured Interviews
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Buskey, Frederick; Polizzi, Joseph A. – Journal of School Leadership, 2012
This article examines the redesign of two educational leadership programs at different institutions: a medium-sized public university and a small private university. Both were committed to principals of ethical leadership. Each program faced a state mandate to redesign. In one case, state policy focused on detailed accountability measures based on…
Descriptors: Accountability, Instructional Leadership, Private Colleges, Leadership Training
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Ryan, James – Journal of School Leadership, 2007
This article describes a study that explores the identities that principals assume as they engage in dialogue in diverse school contexts. In particular, it focuses on the various dimensions of one identity--that of mediator--and illustrates how this identity shapes the way in which administrators converse with others and how it affects efforts…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Principals, Literary Devices, Administrators
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Cate, Jean McGregor; Vaughn, Courtney Ann; O'Hair, Mary John – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This case study explores one elementary school's 17-year evolution from a traditional Title I elementary school into a learning community and, eventually, a high-achieving democratic school community. The investigation adds specificity and context to the existing theoretical framework outlining this change process. The school's journey is…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Democracy, Elementary Schools, Case Studies
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Bedell, Claudine P.; Burrello, Leonard C. – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
The story of Bryon Elementary School's 10-year transformation is a story of school improvement. Moreover, it's a story of a cultural change that altered roles, responsibilities, and expectations and led to significant gains in student achievement. A principal, faculty, and staff who were driven by a common vision, who spoke a common language, and…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Power Structure, Participative Decision Making
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Ylimaki, Rose M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2005
In the current accountability environment, many school districts have mandated test preparation courses, canned programs, and otherwise limited teacher risk-taking in all but very high-performing schools. This article further suggests that extant literature on risk-taking as part of educational change is no longer sufficient for understanding…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, School Districts, Educational Change, Accountability
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Brooks, Jeffrey S.; Scribner, Jay Paredes; Eferakorho, Jite – Journal of School Leadership, 2004
This article presents findings from a qualitative case study that examined the role of teacher leaders amid whole school reform. Findings suggest that leadership is ambiguous: a contested notion between principal and teacher(s) and among teachers as well. This ambiguity was manifest on the conceptual and operational levels and significantly…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, Qualitative Research
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Patterson, Jean A.; Marshall, Catherine – Journal of School Leadership, 2001
Case study of how teachers reacted to policy paradoxes related to a district's efforts to implement an inclusive special-education program. Examines how emerging teacher leaders attempted to make sense of several policy paradoxes within the context of ambiguous site-based management practices. (Contains 48 references.) (PKP)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Powell, Donna; Hyle, Adrienne E. – Journal of School Leadership, 1997
Uses explanatory case studies to examine three midwestern secondary schools' adoption of inclusion, based on Michael Fullan's views concerning the principal's pivotal role in school reform efforts. Findings support Fullan's perspectives and indicate lack of understanding about inclusion. Although the schools claimed to have implemented inclusive…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Case Studies, Change Agents, Definitions
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Poole, Wendy L. – Journal of School Leadership, 1997
Teacher union leaders face an apparent paradox between dual interests--teachers' educational interests and self-interests. This case study of a small New York school district demonstrates how union members and leaders constructed the dualities differently and how these constructions influenced their behavior. The paradox-construction perspective…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education