Handbook of Data-Based Decision Making in Education

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Author: Theodore Kowalski,Thomas J. Lasley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0203888804

Category: Education

Page: 512

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Education has fought long and hard to gain acceptance as a profession and, since professionals by definition use data to shape the decisions they make, education has little choice but to continue moving in this direction. This 3-part handbook represents a major contribution to the literature of education. It is a unique compendium of the most original work currently available on how, when and why evidence should be used to ground practice. It is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary, research-based, and practice-based resource that all educators can turn to as a guide to data-based decision making. The Handbook of Data-Based Decision Making in Education is a must read for researchers who are just beginning to explore the scientifically based nature of educational practice. It is also appropriate for policy makers and practitioners who are confronted with young people who need to be in classrooms where "best practices" are the norm and not the exception.

Data-based Decision Making in Education

Challenges and Opportunities

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Author: Kim Schildkamp,Mei Kuin Lai,Lorna Earl

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400748167

Category: Education

Page: 216

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In a context where schools are held more and more accountable for the education they provide, data-based decision making has become increasingly important. This book brings together scholars from several countries to examine data-based decision making. Data-based decision making in this book refers to making decisions based on a broad range of evidence, such as scores on students’ assessments, classroom observations etc. This book supports policy-makers, people working with schools, researchers and school leaders and teachers in the use of data, by bringing together the current research conducted on data use across multiple countries into a single volume. Some of these studies are ‘best practice’ studies, where effective data use has led to improvements in student learning. Others provide insight into challenges in both policy and practice environments. Each of them draws on research and literature in the field.

Best Interests of the Student

Applying Ethical Constructs to Legal Cases in Education

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Author: Jacqueline Anne Stefkovich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780805851830

Category: Law

Page: 181

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This text for educational leadership courses presents a theoretical model based on the 'best interests of the student' for examining legal and ethical dimensions of court cases. It: provides an examination of both law and ethics pertinent to all educators but aimed specifically at school leaders introduces an ethical decision-making model that focuses on strategies for determining what actions are in the 'best interests of the student' demonstrates the application of this theoretical model to practical, authentic situations arising from court decisions. In the past decade there has been recognition of the need, as well as increased demand for, training courses in ethics for school professionals. The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards for the licensing of school administrators require school leaders to possess knowledge of various ethical frameworks and perspectives, to be committed to bringing ethical principles to the decision-making process, and to be committed to developing a caring school community. These standards are reflected in licensing examinations for school administrators and in school leadership training program requirements as set forth by agencies such as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This text is designed to prepare school leaders to meet these licensure requirements. It is specifically intended for upper-undergraduate and master's level courses in educational administration, school leadership, and supervision programs, as well as courses in educational foundations and educational policy.

Handbook of Special Education

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Author: James M. Kauffman,Daniel P. Hallahan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136869611

Category: Education

Page: 824

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Special education is now an established part of public education in the United States—by law and by custom. However, it is still widely misunderstood and continues to be dogged by controversies related to such things as categorization, grouping, assessment, placement, funding, instruction, and a variety of legal issues. The purpose of this 13-part, 57-chapter handbook is to help profile and bring greater clarity to this sprawling and growing field. To ensure consistency across the volume, chapter authors review and integrate existing research, identify strengths and weaknesses, note gaps in the literature, and discuss implications for practice and future research. Key features include: Comprehensive Coverage—Fifty-seven chapters cover all aspects of special education in the United States including cultural and international comparisons. Issues & Trends—In addition to synthesizing empirical findings and providing a critical analysis of the status and direction of current research, chapter authors discuss issues related to practice and reflect on trends in thinking. Categorical Chapters—In order to provide a comprehensive and comparative treatment of the twelve categorical chapters in section IV, chapter authors were asked to follow a consistent outline: Definition, Causal Factors, Identification, Behavioral Characteristics, Assessment, Educational Programming, and Trends and Issues. Expertise—Edited by two of the most accomplished scholars in special education, chapter authors include a carefully chosen mixture of established and rising young stars in the field. This book is an appropriate reference volume for anyone (researchers, scholars, graduate students, practitioners, policy makers, and parents) interested in the state of special education today: its research base, current issues and practices, and future trends. It is also appropriate as a textbook for graduate level courses in special education.

The School Principal

Visionary Leadership and Competent Management

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Author: Theodore J. Kowalski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135156840

Category: Education

Page: 272

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Over the past two decades, efforts to improve schools have significantly modified role expectations for principals. Today, school-level administrators are expected to be both visionary leaders and competent managers. Based on the conviction that administration is an amalgam of leadership and management, The School Principal emphasizes the need for practitioners to apply conceptual skills to make "what to do" decisions, to apply technical skills to make "how to do" decisions, and to apply relational skills to engage in democratic decision making. Kowalski frames the book with a discussion of the nature of schools, the roles of principals, and their need to improve schools. The book then provides a balanced treatment of leadership and management, covering issues of personal behavior, instructional leadership, relationship building issues, finances, facilities, personnel management, pupil services, and maintaining safe schools. The text closes with discussion of the vital aspects of practice for contemporary principals, addressing problem solving, collaborative change strategies, and personal commitment to being a principal. Special Features: Vignettes introduce the subject matter in the context of common challenges faced by practitioners. Knowledge-Based Questions and Skill-Based Activities prompt readers to engage with and reflect on the chapter content. The School Principal aligns with the Educational Leadership Consortium Council (ELCC) Standards. Treating principals as concurrently visionary leaders and competent managers, this excellent text addresses the needs of aspiring and practicing principals, providing the tools to build effective and efficient schools.

Schools and data

the educator's guide for using data to improve decision making

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Author: Theodore B. Creighton

Publisher: Corwin Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 143

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Principals and teachers can now learn to maneuver through the myriad of statistical data to help create goals and strategies for change and improvement based on solid findings. Comprehensive but accessible, Schools and Data focuses on the relevance of statistics in the day-to-day lives of principals and teachers. This step-by-step, easy-to-follow, easy-to-understand guide to using existing school data can help any school leader facilitate more appropriate and effective decision making. The author provides a less-threatening approach to statistical analysis based on actual school situations. Key areas of exploration include: The role of statistics in the lives of principals and teachers An overview of data with real-life examples Step-by-step procedures for collecting and organizing data Statistical methods for interpreting data Spotting and understanding relationships Both SPSS and GB-STAT software procedures

The School Superintendent

Theory, Practice, and Cases

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Author: Theodore J. Kowalski

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483321797

Category: Education

Page: 448

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The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases is the essential guide to succeeding as a superintendent or as an administrator in another district-level position. Comprehensive in both theory and practice, this textbook and reference guide examines the role and responsibilities of school district administration in professional, social, philosophical, and political frames, while balancing perspectives of rewards and challenges commonly expressed by school superintendents. Important topics covered include the emerging role of superintendent as communicator, the changing conditions in districts and schools, inadequate funding for public schools, and the treatment of policy administration, leadership roles, and community involvement. Fully updated, the Third Edition provides: greater emphasis on the challenges facing novice superintendents; new material on strategic planning and visioning; new and expanded coverage of contemporary issues such as inadequate district funding and social challenges; additional figures, tables, key terms, and other helpful learning tools; and more.

Handbook of Response to Intervention

The Science and Practice of Assessment and Intervention

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Author: Shane R. Jimerson,Matthew K. Burns,Amanda VanDerHeyden

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387490531

Category: Psychology

Page: 456

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Until now, practitioners have had access to few detailed descriptions of RTI methods and the effective role they can play in special education. The Handbook of Response to Intervention fills this critical information gap. In this comprehensive volume, more than 90 expert scholars and practitioners provide a guide to the essentials of RTI assessment and identification as well as research-based interventions for improving students’ reading, writing, oral, and math skills.

Using Data to Make Better Educational Decisions

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Author: Philip Alan Streifer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education

ISBN: 9780810842144

Category: Education

Page: 159

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"Most of the business world has been using what is known as data-driven decision-making for quite some time. From retail to medicine to travel, the ability to access data from any point and crosscheck it is commonplace, except in the educational sector. Philip A. Streifer argues that the correct use of data - and the relationship between different types of data - can help answer the most complex questions in education today. This process of analyzing evidence helps school administrators give the public the best and most accurate information possible."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Leading With Data

Pathways to Improve Your School

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Author: Ellen Goldring,Mark Berends

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452293058

Category: Education

Page: 216

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A comprehensive, practical guide to using data effectively for school improvement! This hands-on guidebook explains essential statistical and assessment information to help principals make critical and sustainable choices to promote student learning. Broad-based strategies include collecting and analyzing various types of data about student achievement, professional development, allocation of resources, family involvement, and community standards. Part of theLeadership for Learning series, this resource: Supports school leaders in developing and sustaining continuous improvement Links data-based decision making with issues of accountability and shared mission and goals Includes numerous examples and cases, a glossary, school improvement template, sample forms, and data tools