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Resource Bank

 

ABSTRACTS

Nearly 70 doctoral dissertations in education completed during the first half of 2013 cited AASA or relied on AASA research. Included were these titles:

  • “The Career Path of the Female Superintendent: Why She Leaves” by Kerry Robinson, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • “A Case Study of Leadership Practices of School Superintendents Serving Four Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient School Districts” by Klint Walter Willert, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  • “Formal Training in Collective Bargaining: Superintendents’ Perspective” by Celine Johnson, Northeastern University
  • “A Historical Study of the Contributions of Dr. William G. Spady to Education Reform” by Yasmina S. Thomas, Johnson & Wales University
  • “Long-Serving Rural Superintendents of Western Pennsylvania: A Descriptive Case Study of the Factors That May Influence Their Longevity” by Shawn Lewis Kovac, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • “Masculinity and Femininity in the Superintendency: Gender Differences in the Perceptions of Public School Superintendents About Work-Life Conflict and Balance” by Mary Ann Lawson, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • “Next Generation Superintendent Effectiveness Standards” by James Flynn, Northern Kentucky University
  • “Teacher Implementation of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ at a Suburban High School Serving High SES Students” by Kyle Ross, Arizona State University

Copies of these studies are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or disspub@proquest.com.

 

BITS & PIECES

Principal Standards
How does a school district create a pipeline of highly qualified candidates for the job of principal? The Wallace Foundation tried to answer that question through its support of six urban-area school districts that were reworking their principal standards.

The work is summarized in a new report, “Recent Leader Standards From Six Principal Pipeline Districts.” Request a copy at emailalerts@wallacefoundation.org.

Teacher Preparation
A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality presents findings from an evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers. The report enables school districts to compare programs.

The report evaluates programs against a range of measures, including admissions criteria, what teachers should know, what teachers should be able to do and outcomes.

The full report is accessible at www.nctq.org.

Mindfulness Program
A study of the Mindfulness in Schools Project has shown it reduces depressive symptoms, lowers stress and increases well-being in teenagers.

The program is a complex intervention that includes elements for young people who are stressed and experiencing mental health difficulties, for those in the normal range of mental health and for those who are flourishing.

More details are available at http://bjp.rcpsych.org.

Common Core Network
The National School Public Relations Association’s newly launched Common Core Communication Network is a tool for school officials who are responsible for communicating the Common Core to their community.

Users can search by topic or resource type to find either specific content or methods of communication. The regularly updated “What’s New” category offers up-to-date information.

Access the network at www.nspra.org/commoncore/index.

Training Delivery
The Journal of Teacher Education reports on the impact of professional development when delivered face-to-face versus online.

The study randomly assigned 49 teachers to participate in a professional development course on implementing environmental science curricula in one format or the other.

Read the article at http://bit.ly/1afqm5m.

Crisis Communication Manual
The third edition of The Complete Crisis Communication Management Manual includes firsthand reports from school districts on dealing with crises, including shootings and natural disasters.

The National School Public Relations Association-produced manual provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for and address common community concerns that arise following a crisis.

More details are available at www.nspra.org.

Art and Technology
A new report by an Indiana University researcher claims digital technology is encouraging arts engagement among young people.

Access the report at www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/arts-education/key-research/Documents/New-Opportunities-for-Interest-Driven-Arts-Learning-in-a-Digital-Age.pdf.

Education Research
The newest issue of Best Evidence in Brief, a round-up of education research items produced by the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education and the University of York’s Institute for Effective Education, is now available.

Access the publication at www.bestevidence.org.

 

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