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Umansky, Ilana M.; Hopkins, Megan; Dabach, Dafney Blanca – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
District and school leaders face the challenge of designing and implementing supports for immigrant newcomers who have recently arrived in the US, speak little English, and are unfamiliar with the US school system. This study draws on 117 interviews with educators in six purposefully-sampled school districts across the country to examine the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Immigrants, English Language Learners, Student Adjustment
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Thompson, Karen D.; Umansky, Ilana M.; Porter, Lorna – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
The educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes of immigrant students are shaped in critical ways by the districts and schools they attend. Using a context of reception framework, we draw on administrative data from two states to examine several features of contexts of reception for newcomers as a whole and for newcomer subgroups.…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Educational Experience, Outcomes of Education, Educational Environment
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Lowenhaupt, Rebecca; Bradley, Sarah; Dallas, Joi – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
In US public schools, linguistic diversity is growing rapidly with an increasing number of students who are learning English. Federal and state policies lay the foundation for language acquisition through (re)classification processes for English Learners (ELs). However, the classification process runs the risk of establishing separate services for…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Student Diversity, Language Usage, English Language Learners
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Garver, Rachel; Hopkins, Megan – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
In this introduction, we establish why school leaders must be attentive to how the organization of educational programs for English Learners impacts the degree to which they are segregated or integrated. We preview each article in the special issue and clarify the contributions that these pieces collectively make to research and practice. We argue…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Leadership Responsibility, Inclusion, Equal Education
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Garver, Rachel – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
This ethnographic study compares the educational experiences of Bangla-speaking and Spanish-speaking English Learners (ELs) served by officially identical bilingual instructional models within one public middle school. Building on theories of policy implementation and a case within a case analysis, I ask: How do EL's conditions for learning in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, English Language Learners, Spanish Speaking, Indo European Languages
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Cruze, Angela; López, Francesca – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
We present case studies of elementary school leaders in an Arizona district with a large enrollment of Latinx Spanish-speaking students who qualify for English language development services. The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Leadership dimensions are used as a lens to examine how school leaders navigate Arizona's restrictive language…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Educational Quality, Equal Education, School Districts
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Jaffe-Walter, Reva; Miranda, Chandler Patton – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
Exploring critiques of immigrant segregation, this paper considers how schools exclusively serving immigrant EL students are supportive "counterpublics." Drawing on data from two ethnographic case studies, the analysis reveals how the schools are intentional communities where teaching was designed to address the unique academic,…
Descriptors: Immigrants, English Language Learners, Equal Education, Social Bias
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Avidov-Ungar, Orit; Ezran, Eliat – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
Professional development communities (PDCs) are professional learning communities for teacher development in schools. Israeli educational reforms made principals responsible for staff professional development and introduced a teacher-led, PDC-based program called Hashkafa for teacher development. The current study examined principals' views…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Communities of Practice, Principals
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Martínez Ruiz, María A.; Hernández-Amorós, María J. – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
This study seeks to address the main difficulties encountered by principals when carrying out their leadership role. A total of 100 principals from infant, primary, and secondary schools in the province of Alicante (Spain) were interviewed. The results show that the respondents were more affected by external problems and difficulties inherent to…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Reid, David B. – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
This qualitative study investigates how different types of work experience shape principal sense-making of new teacher evaluation policies and systems. The U.S. state of Michigan is a timely state to study this phenomenon as Michigan has experienced significant changes to its teacher evaluation policy and system, tasking principals with making…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Principals, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
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Berkovich, Izhak – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
This study adopts a structural perspective to explore micro-politics in senior management teams and identify the principals' inner circle. Based on data from an Israeli random sample of state primary teachers, profiles of trust in principal are identified and used to break down the subgroups of teachers serving in various roles in senior…
Descriptors: Politics, Administrators, Middle Management, Principals
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Álvarez-Álvarez, Carmen – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
The introduction of the last education act in Spain has changed the procedure for becoming a headteacher, and preservice training will be increasingly required. Given the need to design a training program for headteachers, this article contains a qualitative study in which ten headteachers working in secondary schools and a government training…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Secondary Schools, Principals
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Cosner, Shelby; Leslie, Debbie; Shyjka, Andria – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
Across many international contexts, more recent standards-based and other educational reforms have largely intended to transform teaching. Given the importance of teacher learning to such transformations, we argue that a learning-focused support approach will be essential if such reforms are to be productively taken up by schools and teachers. We…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Common Core State Standards, Program Implementation, Learning
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Moral Santaella, Cristina – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
Identity is a topic of growing interest, especially since it is now considered that it is not enough to know the traits and strategies of successful principals but also to analyze their professional identity. The work that is presented carries out a comparative analysis of the identity of two principals in disadvantaged contexts, one considered a…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Principals, Secondary Schools, Disadvantaged Schools
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Torres, A. Chris – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2020
Most research focuses on principal mobility generally, but little assesses charter leadership specifically. This exploratory study examines how leaders in stand-alone and charter management affiliated schools in New York and New Jersey made their decisions to lead, stay, and transition to different roles. Leaders cited excitement about autonomy…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Principals, Administrator Role, Occupational Mobility
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