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David K. Griffin – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2024
This paper examines various approaches to evaluating the classroom teacher and discusses the inclusion of dispositions in the evaluation process. A random sample of 150 teachers were asked to complete an online survey focusing on the inclusion of dispositions in their formal evaluations. They were asked to report what specific dispositions were…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Characteristics, Evaluation Methods, Personality Traits
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Christina Koehne; WenYen Huang; Nataly Chesky – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2024
This study aims to understand the ways in which problem-based teaching in a mathematics content course can alleviate pre-service elementary school teachers' mathematics anxiety. The significance of this work is to help increase the content and pedagogical knowledge of mathematics education, as outlined in STEM policies. Using a mixed method…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Sharde Theodore; Lindsay Romano; Fanica Young; Danica Moise; Tahnee Wilder – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2024
School policies are largely driven by perceptions and expectations for how students should behave academically and socially, yet these practices often lack the cultural relevance and sustainability required to support racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse (RELD) students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral dis/orders (EBD).…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Prosocial Behavior
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Susan Polirstok; Joseph A. Hogan – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2024
Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is an outgrowth of Response to Intervention (RtI). The various systems of support for students and school communities provided through these programs are integral to modern education and embedded in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004. While there are many benefits to…
Descriptors: Multi Tiered Systems of Support, Response to Intervention, Program Implementation, Educational Legislation
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Deborah Tamakloe; Elizabeth Powers; Alisa Landis; Lori McCracken – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2024
Interactive teaching strategies provide opportunities for engaging children in discussing difficult concepts such as socio-emotional wellbeing and wide range of ideas about their social and personal lives. However, few studies have explored preschool teachers' efficacy of using coaching through 'Play and puppetry programs as approaches to…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Play, Puppetry
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Sockman, Beth R.; Lwanga, Doreen – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
Many classrooms have access to ubiquitous information communications technology (ICT), and teachers have been trained on the way to use it. However, few teachers use technology in what many consider the most powerful way to learn. This study investigates four teachers who have developed from traditional teaching into innovative facilitators with…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Educational Innovation, Technological Literacy, Professional Autonomy
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Hinman, Tierney B.; Stevens, Elizabeth Y.; Dussling, Tess M.; Wilson, Nance S.; Tondreau, Amy; Gardiner, Wendy; White, Kristen; Degener, Sophie – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
With the need to prepare teacher candidates to work with an increasingly diverse student body in U.S. schools, a multi-institutional collaborative self-study group was formed to examine ways in which teacher educators could expand beyond practice-based literacy preparation to support candidates' understanding and implementation of critical…
Descriptors: Bias, Racism, Teacher Educators, Critical Literacy
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Wolfe, Zora; Knudsen, Kim-Kathie; Mahaffey, Abbie – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
Educational leaders are tasked with many managerial responsibilities as well as instructional leadership roles. However, effective instructional leadership is a critical factor in improving student achievement. The purpose of this study was to explore how instructional leadership is distributed within a school organization, specifically examining…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Administrator Role, Principals, School Districts
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Chen-Worley, Shu J. – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
This study examined teachers' perceptions on language acquisition and education practice for English Language Learners (ELLs) to further address the disproportionality concern in education and identify the areas of training needs for classroom teachers as education renovation. A total of 222 participants voluntarily participated in this study. A…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Language Usage
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Chambré, Susan J.; Ness, Molly K. – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
Increasing awareness about screening and instructional interventions for students with dyslexia is a necessary component of P-12 teacher preparation. Disparities in reading achievement for students with disabilities, including those with dyslexia, is evidenced in lower literacy testing scores as well as lower high school graduation rates for those…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Students with Disabilities, Online Courses, Preservice Teachers
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LaRon A. Scott; Christine Powell; Lauren Bruno; Christopher J. Cormier; Kendra Hall; Katherine Brendli; Joshua P. Taylor – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
We examined reasons special educators are motivated to persist in the profession despite challenges that often lead to attrition for this group. Participants were 21 special education teachers with six or more years of teaching experience across multiple grade levels. Data were collected via the Zoom virtual meeting platform with four focus…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Barriers, Faculty Mobility
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Ross Bussell – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
While teacher education programs have long studied what draws students to choose a career in teaching, a less studied aspect of teacher candidates relates to students who change majors to become teachers. As a phenomenon that is common in teacher preparation, I am interested in better understanding why this happens. This article centers around six…
Descriptors: College Students, Majors (Students), Education Majors, Change
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Kiersten Greene; Lizabeth Cain; Elizabeth Brennan; Brianna Vaughan – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
This article provides critical perspectives on education technology integration in a teacher education context in a post-pandemic world. The authors--two early career teachers, one in a pre-school and one in an elementary school, and two elementary teacher education faculty members at a mid-sized public university--use the U.S. Department of…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Teacher Education, Technology Integration
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Deborah Greenblatt – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
Teacher certification exams were put on hold as New York City became the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in March of 2020. State officials closed testing centers and school buildings, and teacher candidates began to panic as administrators at their student teaching placements worked feverishly to adjust. This changed teacher candidates' ability…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Teacher Certification, Preservice Teachers
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Leanna S. Mellon; Noor Syed; Lauren Lestremau Allen – Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2023
Support services for many Autistic students in schools is critical. Behavior analysts are one type of service provider who offer support services in and outside of school settings to Autistic students. As behavioral support services are increasing in educational settings, it is important to ensure there are a sufficient number of professionals…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Pupil Personnel Workers, Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders
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