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Thursday, November 17 • 9:15am - 10:20am
GSS Session 20 - The Changing Role of School Districts

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Participants: Superintendents, School Boards, or Outsiders: Re-envisioning the Role of District Leaders in Enacting Policy Reforms Samantha E Holquist, University of Minnesota I propose an analysis to understand (1) how radical education policy reform occurs at the district level and (2) the role of district education leadership in making this reform. I analyze case study findings to ascertain the factors that influenced a radical policy reform’s formation and adoption. Findings increase our comprehension of how these reforms occur in district politics. Additionally, they challenge our understanding of the role of district leadership in advancing these reforms. Collaborating Across Boundaries: Educational Service Agency Use of Collaboration in Supporting Ambitious Instructional Reform Julie R Freeman, University of Michigan Drawing on comparative case study methodology, this study explores how three educational service agencies used collaboration as they supported their constituent districts in implementing the Common Core State Standards, an example of ambitious instructional reform. My findings suggest there are varying, yet overlapping, ways for these agencies to successfully leverage collaboration to support district and school reform, including providing resources, being the center for “common work,” and developing relationships. Re-envisioning School Leadership in a Rapid Growth District Jacye Jamar, University of North Texas; Greg Axelson, Lewisville Independent School District; Laurie Tinsley, University of North Texas This study examined the role of the central office staff to support capacity building in elementary principals in a rapid growth district. The theoretical framework consists professional capital, intrinsic motivation, the educational change process, and professional learning communities. This descriptive case study explored the current systems and structures in a rapid growth district. The findings from this study generated six themes necessary for continuous improvement in principals to occur within a rapid growth district. Central Office Transformation: A Shift in the Role of District Principal Supervisors Becky Slothower, Oklahoma State University Questions regarding the role and organizational structure of central office administration in public school districts across the nation have recently come to light of high-stakes policy environments mandating enhanced student performance. Federal and state policy mandates have placed demands on school district central offices. This paper examines the perceptions of principals involved in central office transformation, specifically principal supervision, that focuses on developing assistive relationships, and further developing instructional leadership skills with central office leaders. Facilitator: Karen L Sanzo, Old Dominion University

Thursday November 17, 2016 9:15am - 10:20am
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B

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