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Wednesday, November 16 • 4:55pm - 6:00pm
GSS Roundtable Sessions F, G, and H

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025-1. GSS Roundtable Session F - School Policies and Decision-Making
Graduate Student Summit
Graduate Student Roundtable Participants: Curriculum Leadership in Changing Demographics: A new Challenge to School Leadership. Mahmoud Sayed Marei, University of Arizona This study investigated ways in which school leaders responded to the new ‘Accelerated’ English Language Development (ELD) curriculum in public high schools in Southern Arizona (emphasis added). The analysis of the curriculum and class observations alluded to profound discrepancies in the implementation of ELD which created great challenges to teachers. On the other hand, principals had different approaches depicting curriculum and instructional leadership practices. Behavioral Decision-Makers’ Perceptions of Exclusionary Discipline Decisions and the Influence of Implicit Bias Gina Laura Gullo, Lehigh University Behavioral decision-makers, such as principals and assistant principals, use exclusionary disciplinary despite inefficacies and detrimental effects. Major inequities in ED exist by race, gender, socioeconomic status, and more; but few studies investigated the process and possible predictors of these inequities. One study suggested implicit bias might predict racial inequities in ED. With research beginning to demonstrate the ability to correct for implicit biases, this connect may be key to eliminating inequities. Leading Through Externally Mandated Curriculum Reform in Indonesian Elementary Schools Asih Asikin-Garmager, University of Iowa; Enny Asmororini, Universitas Mataram, Indonesia This conceptual paper aims to propose hypotheses on leadership practices needed to get teachers to embrace student-centered pedagogy beyond mere compliance. Our research is guided by the following research question: What leadership practices do Indonesian elementary school principals should implement to successfully lead their schools through the change? To develop hypotheses, we draw from the literature on organizational change and curriculum implementation. Facilitator: Hilary Lustick, Texas State University 025-2. GSS Roundtable Session G - Student Performance in Schools
Graduate Student Summit
Graduate Student Roundtable Participants: AP Access and Equity for All: Recruiting, Supporting, and Securing success for Black and Latin@ Students Michael Kucera, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Many school districts are engaged in efforts to increase diversity in Advanced Placement courses. Enrollment trends show both an upswing in diversity and a disparity in proportional enrollment and achievement between Black and Latin@ students and their White and Asian peers (College Board, 2014). This research will examine the role of leadership, community-wide attitudes, and initiatives in recruiting, supporting, and securing success for Black and Latin@ students in AP coursework. Impact of Opportunity Structure on the Academic Preparation of African Americans in STEM in High School LaTanya Dixon, University of Mississippi The purpose of this roundtable paper is to examine the influence of high school STEM opportunity structures on the academic preparation of African American students majoring in STEM disciplines at four-year universities in Mississippi. Investigating these opportunity structures and others can have implications for school practices, scholar advocates, and policymakers. Relationship Between School Climate and High School Students’ Academic Achievement: Focus on Heterogeneity Within Races/Ethnicities Lukretia A Beasley-Knecht, University of Arizona Research shows that there is a relationship between school climate and students’ academic performance. Rather than examining the prevalent race/ethnicity achievement gaps where each race/ethnicity is treated as one homogenous group, this quantitative study explores within race/ethnicity group differences of high school students academic achievement and its relationship to school climate using a current data set (Arizona Safe and Supportive Schools, 2014). Facilitator: Erin Anderson, University of Denver 025-3. GSS Roundtable Session H - The Principal Pipeline
Graduate Student Summit
Graduate Student Roundtable Participants: Exploring Match Quality of Principals in Rural Schools Ian Christopher Kinkley, Michigan State University This proposed research study seeks to explore the match quality of principals in rural schools. Given the generally small size of rural schools, principals may find themselves as the only administrator in the school. The quality of administrative leadership may hinge entirely on the capacity and quality of a single individual. Therefore, it would seem critical to understand who is accepting principal positions in rural schools and, of these, who are effective. Texas Secondary School Latinas Elsa G Villarreal, Texas A & M University In Texas, the 2014 Hispanic population was estimated at 10.4 million. Hispanic women principals are underrepresented in our nation's schools, specifically at the secondary school level. The purpose of this phenomenological case study is to analyze the perspectives and experiences Texas secondary school Latina principals concerning the challenges they may have faced due to their ethnicity and gender. The findings from this study will assist educational leaders in re-evaluating their mentoring and recruitment programs. Leading Complex Organizational Change for Principal Quality: A Proposed Study of Principal Pipeline Leadership Emily Kate Donaldson, University of Washington This roundtable session presents and seeks feedback on a proposed dissertation study on the leadership of principal pipeline initiatives in large urban school districts. Principal pipeline initiatives, or district-led programs that align all the learning support principals receive throughout their careers, are theoretically promising; however, their complexity renders them extremely challenging to implement. How do district leaders navigate such challenges while leading for fundamental change in district organization and practice? Developing Novice School Principals Through Professional Mentoring and Social Capital Richard Young, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Recent scholarship has noted principal turnover in Illinois is a growing phenomenon as well as the trend for younger and less experienced principals entering the profession. This study will examine how principals utilize relationships to support their professional development through a mentorship. Professional Mentoring and Social Capital Theory is a construct through the relationship between a mentor and mentee by combining key tenants of mentoring literature and social capital theory. Facilitator: Bradley Davis, The University of Texas at Arlington

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Lu Young

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Kentucky
Retired from P12 education in KY after 31 1/2 years; 9 years as superintendent of Jessamine County Schools. Currently serving as Director of Next Generation Educational Partnerships, teaching principal preparation, and working with the Next Generation Leadership Academy. Areas of interest: superintendent prep, principal prep, leading for deeper learning

Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:55pm - 6:00pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B

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