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Zenkov, Kristien; Harmon, James; Bell, Athene; Ewaida, Marriam; Lynch, Megan – Journal of School Leadership, 2011
In the city setting in which this article's investigation took place, high school dropout rates have remained above 50% for better than three decades. This article reports on a photographic inquiry into urban youth's perceptions of the very institution of school, revealing reasons behind the multigenerational school disengagement represented by…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Leadership, Photography
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Torres, Mario S.; Brady, Kevin P.; Stefkovich, Jacqueline A. – Journal of School Leadership, 2011
The legal freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is guaranteed to all adult citizens under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. These same legal protections from unreasonable searches and seizures are not guaranteed to today's k-12 student population. School officials are not subject to the same warrant and probable cause…
Descriptors: Discipline, School Safety, School Districts, Law Enforcement
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West, Deborah L.; Peck, Craig; Reitzug, Ulrich C. – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
Influential texts have long identified principals as being essential to school success. Accordingly, high expectations and pressures have attended the principalship and affected the professionals who occupy it. This exploration asked three interrelated questions: What pressures have urban school principals typically faced, in the past and today?…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Principals, Quality of Working Life, Social Environment
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Horvat, Erin McNamara; Curci, Juliet DiLeo; Partlow, Michelle Chaplin – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
Scholarship on parent-principal relationships often ignores how some parental involvement can create challenges for school leaders. We analyze parent-principal relationships at an urban public K-8 school over a 30-year period, exploring how three different principals "managed" parental involvement. Our analysis reveals how these…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Administrator Effectiveness, Parent School Relationship, Principals
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Auerbach, Susan – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
This article problematizes conventional school-family partnerships, as geared toward narrow school agendas or mandates for collaboration, and documents efforts to lead more authentic partnerships as part of socially just urban schools. Just as meaningful parent involvement needs to go "beyond the bake sale," so, too, must leadership for…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, School Personnel, Leadership, Urban Schools
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Ek, Lucila D.; Machado-Casas, Margarita; Sanchez, Patricia; Alanis, Iliana – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
As informed by scholarship on transformative leadership, cultural work in educational leadership, and preK-20 collaborations, this article draws from a qualitative research project between a university that is a Hispanic-serving institution and an elementary school located in a Latino/a area. We examine the perspectives of a Latino principal and a…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Transformational Leadership
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Flessa, Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2009
This article presents the findings of a qualitative study of four middle school principals in one urban school district. It focuses on principals' almost exclusively negative descriptions of the families and communities served by their schools. Whereas much previous writing on this topic has attributed such deficit attitudes to a few bad-thinking…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Principals, Educational Administration, Administrator Attitudes
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Camburn, Eric M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2009
This article presents a critical discussion of the implications of allocating the most experienced and skilled teachers in schools to teacher leadership positions. Placing such teachers in leadership positions supports school improvement initiatives, but it can also pull valuable teaching resources from the classroom. The article examines this…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Teaching Experience, Teacher Leadership
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; May, Henry; Porter, Andrew C.; Elliott, Stephen N.; Goldring, Ellen; Murphy, Joseph – Journal of School Leadership, 2009
The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education is a 360-degree assessment of the effectiveness of principals' learning-centered leadership behaviors. In this report, we present results from a differential item functioning (DIF) study of the assessment. Using data from a national field trial, we searched for evidence of DIF on school level,…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership, Administrator Characteristics, Context Effect
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Duncan-Andrade, Jeffrey M. R.; Morrell, Ernest – Journal of School Leadership, 2005
Synthesizing literature from critical pedagogy, sociocultural psychology, and cultural studies with popular cultural texts and experiences from actual classroom practice, this article conceptualizes the critical teaching of popular culture as a viable strategy to increase academic and critical literacies in urban secondary classrooms. Relying on…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Critical Theory, Multicultural Education, Popular Culture
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Stein, Ruth Federman – Journal of School Leadership, 1995
A case study demonstrates how urban school board members resolved a community crisis precipitated by the board's critical evaluation of the superintendent. Issues are analyzed through symbolic, political, human resources, and structural frameworks. The importance of establishing evaluation procedures when the superintendent is first hired is…
Descriptors: Administrator Evaluation, Boards of Education, Case Studies, Conflict Resolution
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Johnson, Patsy E. – Journal of School Leadership, 1996
Presents a staff-development model for implementing a schoolwide conflict-management plan. Discusses an urban middle school's ongoing conflict-management plan to illustrate a conflict prevention and management strategy shaped by the school's culture and climate realities. Program effectiveness improves when a philosophical orientation is…
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools, Models
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Grady, Marilyn L.; And Others – Journal of School Leadership, 1994
Summarizes a study to identify the sources of job satisfaction, job benefits, sources of self-fulfillment, and personal strengths that women bring to the superintendency. Based on 51 interviews with urban and rural women superintendents, results showed that both groups have similar leadership characteristics befitting a new model that values…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction, Leadership Qualities