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Dotger, Benjamin H.; Mangram, Jeffrey A. – Planning and Changing, 2008
When school personnel are confronted with initiatives that require changes in scholastic curricula, processes, programs, or structures, there is often a naturally occurring defensiveness against, instead of an open embrace of, new educational innovations (Hall & Hord, 2006). This article examines a whole-school reform initiative, specifically…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Educational Change
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Dahlberg, Kathryn R.; Philippot, Raymond A. – Planning and Changing, 2008
That individual schools and districts often simultaneously engage in multiple professional development projects in a "one-size-fits-all" model poses several quandaries. One quandary is attempting to foster a particular teacher behavior or disposition with little follow-up. A second is implementing a school-wide (or district-wide) program…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Feedback (Response), Program Improvement
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Haddad, Monica A.; Alsbury, Thomas – Planning and Changing, 2008
State policies to equalize educational spending, cap bond and levy rates, require common teacher salary schedules, and consolidate school districts are geared toward improving quality and attempting to resolve problems of inefficiency. However, despite the use of state policy to equalize educational quality, educational gaps persist. Yu and Lau…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Districts, Case Studies, State Policy
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Kose, Brad W. – Planning and Changing, 2008
Scholars and researchers demonstrate that principals substantially influence the quality of professional learning and offer various perspectives on the principal's role in professional development (Bredeson, 2003; Bredeson & Johansson, 2000; Kose, in press; Lindstrom & Speck, 2004; Tallerico, 2005; Youngs & King, 2002). However, how…
Descriptors: Principals, Transformative Learning, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
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Quigney, Theresa A. – Planning and Changing, 2008
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) focuses on all students, with and without disabilities. It is not specifically focused on the education of students with disabilities, as is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA, 2004). Nevertheless, NCLB has had a tremendous impact on the ways in which special education is…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Practices, Student Evaluation, Educational Policy
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Hoyle, John R.; Torres, Mario S., Jr. – Planning and Changing, 2008
In the report entitled "Educating School Leaders," Arthur Levine (2005) criticizes leadership preparation programs as "inadequate to appalling," citing, among other issues, the proliferation of off campus programming, the weakening of standards, and an unwillingness to engage in any measure of "systematic…
Descriptors: Correlation, Leadership Training, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness
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Chang, Florence C.; Muñoz, Marco A.; Koshewa, Sheila – Planning and Changing, 2008
The increasing accountability demands are leading some districts to departmentalize or consider departmentalizing at the elementary school level (Delviscio & Muffs, 2007). Departmentalization allows teachers to specialize and teach one content area in-depth which may, in turn, lead to higher accountability test scores. Although, due to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Correlation, Student School Relationship, Departments
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Oplatka, Izhar; Hefer-Antebi, Elioz – Planning and Changing, 2008
The leadership and career experiences of the principal in other eras are relatively missing from both the writings about school administration nowadays and the social history of schools. Exploring past forms of leadership might shed light on enduring aspects of leadership and its contextual-historical influences as well as on the development of…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Moral Values, Leadership Styles
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Kowalski, Theodore J. – Planning and Changing, 2008
Doubts about effectiveness and relevancy have made the academic preparation of superintendents a reform issue in most states. Attention being given to this topic has inevitably rekindled several fundamental questions such as: To what extent is the academic preparation of superintendents consistent among and within states? What forces control…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Educational Change, Administrator Education
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Felt, Andrew J.; Koelemay, Ryan; Richter, Alexander – Planning and Changing, 2008
This article describes a method of flexible redistricting for K-12 public school districts that allows students from the same geographical region to be bused to different schools, with the goal of meeting average class size (ACS) target ranges. Results of a case study on a geographically large school district comparing this method to a traditional…
Descriptors: Busing, Class Size, School Districts, Elementary School Students
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Partlow, Michelle C. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The issue of school leadership instability and how it affects schools and student achievement has been studied. The question of how to predict turnover of the principal remains an unknown. The purpose of this research was to search for possible relationships between certain contextual variables and principal turnover and to test the independent…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Schools, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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Hackmann, Donald G. – Planning and Changing, 2007
This article explores the full-time clinical faculty position in selected educational leadership programs. Due to a gap in the literature, the need exists to engage in research studies to gain a greater understanding of this position. Questions guiding this study included: What is the experiential background of individuals who assume full-time…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, College Faculty, Qualitative Research, Educational Administration
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Breault, Donna A. – Planning and Changing, 2007
In 1997, the Illinois legislature passed House Bill 542 (Public Act 90-548) which changed teacher tenure requirements to a four-year, multi-tiered system that called for the accumulation of professional development credit for all teachers. The primary purpose of this study was to examine district responses to the 1997 legislation. To what degree,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Development, Human Resources, State School District Relationship
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Winter, Paul A.; Rinehart, James S.; Keedy, John L.; Bjork, Lars G. – Planning and Changing, 2007
The purpose of this study was to assess a statewide cadre of public school principals in terms of their attraction to the job of district superintendent. Two assumptions underlying the investigation were that (1) participant self-reported capability to become a superintendent impacts participant attraction to the job, and (2) participant…
Descriptors: Measurement, Participant Satisfaction, Public Schools, Principals
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Enomoto, Ernestine K.; Conley, Sharon – Planning and Changing, 2007
Schools employ educational technology to comply with pressures for greater accountability and efficiency in conducting operations. Specifically, schools use "management information systems" designed to automate data collection of student attendance, grades, test scores, and so on. These management information systems (MIS) employed…
Descriptors: Attendance, Management Information Systems, Educational Technology, Accountability
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