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A Case Study Analysis Of Elementary Teachers' Attitudes About Student Discipline And The Implementation Of Restorative Justice, Kaitlyn M. Spore May 2018

A Case Study Analysis Of Elementary Teachers' Attitudes About Student Discipline And The Implementation Of Restorative Justice, Kaitlyn M. Spore

Education Dissertations

This study examined the attitudes of elementary school teachers regarding student discipline and the implementation of restorative justice practices. The present research was conducted at a public elementary school in the greater Seattle area. All participants were teachers at the public elementary school, and were purposefully selected based on their years of experience, age, gender, and grade level taught. The study utilized qualitative case study methods to analyze the participants’ attitudes regarding discipline, specifically the use of exclusionary discipline, and their views on implementing restorative justice practices as an alternative to exclusion.

Key Words: restorative justice, school discipline, exclusions, suspensions ...


Sustainable Change In Public School Districts, Angela Cheri Franklin Nov 2017

Sustainable Change In Public School Districts, Angela Cheri Franklin

Education Dissertations

Reform is a reality for many school districts and schools. When faced with reform movements, districts and schools must address both the immediate implementation and the sustainability of the reform. This dissertation study is informed by two theories centered on reform implementation and sustainability: Organizational Learning Theory by Leithwood, Aitken, and Jantzi (2006) and Coburn’s (2003) Theory of Sustainability. Current empirical research in this field identified particular factors that lead to successful implementation of reform and long-term sustainability. A monitoring tool was used to investigate factors such as: vision for reform, decision making, professional development, innovation and change, effectiveness ...


International School Director Turnover As Influenced By School Board/Director Relationship, Zakariya Palsha D+Z30:Ae30 Aug 2017

International School Director Turnover As Influenced By School Board/Director Relationship, Zakariya Palsha D+Z30:Ae30

Education Dissertations

In recent years, public school superintendents have faced increased demands from rigorous federal and state accountability standards. Yet, researchers have reported that academic improvement does not happen by chance but rather through effective leaders with ample time to implement broad, sustainable reform. The purpose of this study was to examine the self-reported causes of turnover of international school directors, specifically, whether the relationship between the school board and the international school director is linked to length of tenure of the international director. The theoretical framework that addresses superintendent turnover as influenced by internal board dynamics, including school board/superintendent relationship ...


Dynamic School Psychology: Perceptions Between School Psychologists, Teachers, And Administrators On School Psychology And Paradigm Shift Theory, Homero Flores Apr 2017

Dynamic School Psychology: Perceptions Between School Psychologists, Teachers, And Administrators On School Psychology And Paradigm Shift Theory, Homero Flores

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this research paper is to gain current perceptions of school psychology services and paradigm shift theory in school psychology by school psychologists, teachers and administrators within public school systems. The paper will focus on the history of school psychology, federal legislation, and IDEA. Surveys were collected from school psychologists, teachers and administrators regarding perceptions of school psychology and paradigm shift theory in school psychology services. Although the results were non-significant, results of the surveys indicate similar results to previous perceptual surveys. While teachers and administrators would like more services in general from school psychologists, school psychologists remained ...


Cognitive Style And Conflict On Superintendent-School Board Teams, Douglas J. Asbjornsen Jan 2017

Cognitive Style And Conflict On Superintendent-School Board Teams, Douglas J. Asbjornsen

Education Dissertations

Abstract

Cognitive Style and Conflict on Superintendent-School Board Teams

By Douglas J. Asbjornsen

Chairperson of the Dissertation Committee:

Dr. Thomas Alsbury

School of Education

Quality learning and high student achievement are primary goals of K-12 public school education. Superintendent-School Board teams can have a positive impact on both. Collaboration is critical to these teams’ effectiveness and efficiency. Research has suggested conflict can have a negative impact on collaboration and may be related to the diversity on the team. One type of diversity is cognitive diversity within the construct of cognitive style, as defined by the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Theory (A-I Theory ...


Superintendent And School Board Attitude And Beliefs Alignment And Its Relationship To Student Achievement, Justin John Blasko Jun 2016

Superintendent And School Board Attitude And Beliefs Alignment And Its Relationship To Student Achievement, Justin John Blasko

Education Dissertations

Research examining the relationship between school boards and student achievement continues to expand. Many studies have focused on the influence of school board attitudes and beliefs concerning governance. These studies have demonstrated statistical differences between reported attitudes of high achieving school districts and low achieving school districts. This study focuses on the relationship between the school board and superintendent. It specifically addresses whether aligned responses to a governance survey demonstrate a statistical relationship with student achievement.

The study relied upon ex-post facto data available through the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA). WSSDA has collected survey data since 2011 using ...


Violence In American Schools: The Impact Of The Newtown School Shooting On School Practices And Programs, School Security Staff, Staff Training, And Security Budgets, Robert William O'Donnell May 2016

Violence In American Schools: The Impact Of The Newtown School Shooting On School Practices And Programs, School Security Staff, Staff Training, And Security Budgets, Robert William O'Donnell

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine changes implemented by public school district personnel in response to the Newtown school shooting that occurred on December 14, 2012. The researcher used the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) to gather quantitative data from district and school leaders at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in rural, urban, and suburban school districts in Connecticut. The survey was used to research school practices and programs, school security staff, and staff training implemented prior to and after December 14 ...


Board Of Education Members: A Study Of Motives, Membership, And Perceptions Of Influence On Education Policy, Jennifer Ann Eraca May 2016

Board Of Education Members: A Study Of Motives, Membership, And Perceptions Of Influence On Education Policy, Jennifer Ann Eraca

Education Dissertations

School Boards in the United States have existed for over 200 years. During this time, they have evolved into complex governing bodies that yield great fiscal power over school districts. Membership is comprised mostly of laypersons and requirements of membership continue to be minimal. While oversight and policy are key roles of Boards of Education, the relationship among School Board members, school superintendents, and various stakeholders is crucial to effective leadership and meeting district goals.

Utilizing a qualitative research approach, this phenomenological study explored School Board members’ motives for membership, eligibility requirements, and the perceptions of School Board members’ influence ...


Washington State School District Superintendent Use Of Social Media For Public Relations And Communication, Jonathan R. Tienhaara Mar 2016

Washington State School District Superintendent Use Of Social Media For Public Relations And Communication, Jonathan R. Tienhaara

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine usage and perception of superintendent participation in social media for the purposes of public relations and communication in the State of Washington. Tenets of Social-Customer Relationship Management (Social-CRM) were used as the theory to support how social media can be used to establish and enhance public relations with school district stakeholders. Washington’s (N = 295) school district superintendents were electronically surveyed to collect data on their use and perception of social media utilization for public relations and communication. The data were analyzed to determine how Washington superintendents use social media for public ...


Organizational Monitoring Systems And Student Academic Achievement, Adam Swinyard Aug 2015

Organizational Monitoring Systems And Student Academic Achievement, Adam Swinyard

Education Dissertations

Organizational Monitoring Systems and Student Academic Achievement

By Adam Swinyard

The current context of K-12 education emphasizes a strong focus on standardized test results to inform school improvement planning. Concerns about this phenomena center around the methodology used to determine actions intended to improve student achievement. Some educational experts suggest many schools rely solely on test results to develop school improvement plans (SIPs). Subsequently, solutions often address symptoms rather than foundational issues. As a result, schools fall into a cycle of selecting new initiatives that do not produce sustainable improvements. The concept of becoming a learning organization by using a ...


Educators’ Perceptions Of Their Instructional Leadership Styles And Their Problem Solving Styles, Reine M. Issa Aug 2014

Educators’ Perceptions Of Their Instructional Leadership Styles And Their Problem Solving Styles, Reine M. Issa

Education Dissertations

Instructional leadership is not well-defined in the literature. The term has been used to describe the principal’s role as an instructional leader. However, principals are not the only instructional leaders. Teachers are as well. In this study, data on leadership and problem solving style were collected one time from 378 educators in K-12 school settings in the northeast of the U.S. The purpose is to provide an empirical evidence of what describes instructional leadership.

The results of a 4x4x4 MANOVA indicated that there were significant differences between educators’ scores on the leadership subscales for the Orientation to Change ...


Teachers’ And Principals’ Perceptions Of Leadership Characteristics And The Relationship Of These Perceptions To School Climate, Raina Kor May 2010

Teachers’ And Principals’ Perceptions Of Leadership Characteristics And The Relationship Of These Perceptions To School Climate, Raina Kor

Education Dissertations

This study examined the relationship between leadership characteristics and school climate. Through the online administration of two instruments, The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) and The School-Level Environment Questionnaire (SLEQ), teacher and principal perceptions of leadership characteristics in five categories and school climate in eight categories, were collected and analyzed. The SLEQ included two forms, actual environment and preferred environment.

Leadership skills, characteristics, and styles define the leader in a school building. The role of the school leader has become more complex, and expectations for leaders to create environments that support students, provide continuous learning for teachers, foster innovation, and meet ...


A Comparison Of Teachers’ Perceptions Of The Leadership Styles Of Middle School Principals And Instructional Leaders And Their Relationship To Teachers’ Perceptions Of School Climate, Jessica Lynn Devine May 2008

A Comparison Of Teachers’ Perceptions Of The Leadership Styles Of Middle School Principals And Instructional Leaders And Their Relationship To Teachers’ Perceptions Of School Climate, Jessica Lynn Devine

Education Dissertations

The purpose of the research study was to (a) determine how teachers’ perceptions of the leadership styles (transformational, transactional, and passive) of middle school principals and instructional leaders differed; (b) identify the extent to which teachers’ perceptions of the leadership styles (transformational, transactional, and passive) of school leaders (principal and instructional leader) predicted the teacher and principal behavior variables of school climate; and (c) determine the effects of the type of agreement (high-high, high-low, low-high, and low-low) between the school leaders’ (principal and instructional leader) self-perceptions and teachers’ perceptions of the school leaders’ transformational leadership style on the teacher and ...


Perceptions Of School Counselors And School Administrators With Respect To The Roles Of School Counselors As They Implement The New York State Comprehensive School Counseling Model, Deborah Hardy May 2008

Perceptions Of School Counselors And School Administrators With Respect To The Roles Of School Counselors As They Implement The New York State Comprehensive School Counseling Model, Deborah Hardy

Education Dissertations

The proposed study examined the perceptions of school counselors and administrators towards the New York State School Counseling Model. The study focused on (a) actual and preferred counselor activities to provide direction on how school counselors are defining their practice and (b) counselors’ and administrators’ perceptions of how the New York State Comprehensive Model is implemented into school counseling practice.

A sample of the New York State school counselor population (n = 900) was invited to participate in a survey in obtaining quantitative data. The School Counseling Activity Rating Scale and an adapted New York State version of the Readiness Survey ...