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Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (EPFE, EPS, LEBM, LEEA): Home

This guide helps you get started with your research in the Leadeship, Educational Psychology and Foundations subject areas.

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American Education

Featuring current information and challenging perspectives on the latest issues and forces shaping the American educational system--with scholarship that is often cited as a primary source--Joel Spring introduces readers to the historical, political, social and legal foundations of education and to the profession of teaching in the United States. In his signature straightforward, concise approach to describing complex issues, he illuminates events and topics that are often overlooked or whitewashed, giving students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking about education. Students come away informed on the latest topics, issues and data and with a strong knowledge of the forces shaping the American educational system.

America's Early Montessorians

This book traces the early history of the Montessori movement in the United States through the lives and careers of four key American women: Anne George, Margaret Naumburg, Helen Parkhurst, and Adelia Pyle. Caught up in the Montessori craze sweeping the United States in the Progressive era, each played a significant role in the initial transference of Montessori education to America and its implementation from 1910 to 1920. Despite the continuing international recognition of Maria Montessori and the presence of Montessori schools world-wide, Montessori receives only cursory mention in the history of education, especially by recognized historians in the field and in courses in professional education and teacher preparation. The authors, in seeking to fill this historical void, integrate institutional history with analysis of the interplay and tensions between these four women to tell this educational story in an interesting--and often dramatic--way.

Appearances Matter: The Visual in Educational History

The visual turn recovers new pasts. With education as its theme, this book seeks to present a body of reflections that questions a certain historicism and renovates historiographical debate about how to conceptualize and use images and artifacts in educational history, in the process presenting new themes and methods for researchers. Images are interrogated as part of regimes of the visible, of a history of visual technologies and visual practices. Considering the socio-material quality of the image, the analysis moves away from the use of images as mere illustrations of written arguments, and takes seriously the question of the life and death of artifacts - that is, their particular historicity.

Becoming a Transformative Leader: A Guide to Creating Equitable Schools

This exciting book explores the concept of transformative leadership and how leaders can create learning environments that are academically excellent, equitable, inclusive, and socially just. Featuring examples from schools and leaders, questions for reflection, downloadable eResources, and links to useful websites, Becoming a Transformative Leader is an invaluable and practical guide for school administrators, teacher leaders, and district leaders concerned about the uneven educational playing field for students in our schools.

Building, Maintaining, and Repairing Classroom Relationships: This Room of Earth and Sky

Now more than ever, students need support. To meet their needs, educators should encourage their students to break from the mainstream by inspecting their experiences, and therefore expressing their own values. The purpose of Building, Maintaining, and Repairing Classroom Relationships is simple: to quickly build classroom relationships in a metaphorical, colorful, and creative way. This can be accomplished by theming curriculum with phenomenology, experience, and values clarification (PEVC) strategies. This book is set up in a concrete, sequential, and linear fashion, and is designed to meet the needs of a variety of educators and leaders. It is arranged to be browsed for quick reference for teachers who are busy and need relationship building strategies, fast.

Concept and Design Developments in School Improvement Research

This open access book discusses challenges in school improvement research and different methodological approaches that have the potential to foster school improvement research. Research on school improvement and accountability analysis places high demands on a study's design and method. The book chapters address design, measurement, and analysis developments as well as theoretical and conceptual developments.

Creating a Self-Directed Learning Environment

This flexible framework, grounded in research, helps schools build on the strengths of existing programs to successfully implement standards-based learning, social-emotional learning, and cognitive development.

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Critical Leadership Praxis for Educational and Social Change

Educational leaders confront instances of inequity every day, whether they are aware of it or not. Many find themselves inadequately reacting to such issues due in part to traditional preparation programs that fail to interrogate the existence and impact of systems of oppression. Why is naming and tackling inequity not at the forefront of every conversation about educational leadership? How do our social constructions of identity hierarchies and deficits (mis)shape what leaders think and do? How do leaders advocate for those who need and deserve advocacy? This volume considers these questions and more by offering unique leadership frameworks that integrate critical theories for social change with everyday practice. By bringing together diverse researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who are often pushed to the margins, this volume will help today's leaders see with new eyes and gain the critical tools, language, and concepts for equity leadership. 

Critical Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Leadership: Enhancing Educational Outcomes

This book addresses the significant problems that can arise for pre-service teachers, teachers and school leaders who are unprepared for the complexities of 21st century teaching. It focuses on major factors impacting teacher preparation during an era of significant change, including student learning, academic growth, classroom practice, and the efficacy of teachers. In turn, the book considers crucial aspects that can enhance educational outcomes and investigates questions including what impact the changing nature of teachers' work has on teacher preparation; how educators can evaluate blended learning; and what impact teachers have on learners.

The Cultural and Social Foundations of Educational Leadership

The social dimension of school leadership is not limited to issues related to equality and equity, or social inclusion. The capacity of leaders to promote civic-mindedness and social cooperation, consensus and acceptance of others, the right balance between freedom and duties, and reciprocity of obligations, are essential to maintain democratic rights and facilitate the life together while respecting ethnic and cultural differences. Therefore, the book gathers contributions from a range of international authors capable of reporting these moral and cultural features, while broadening the research perspectives on school leadership.

Doing Case Study Research

Now in a Fourth Edition, this how-to guide is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to begin case study research. As with previous editions, this succinct handbook emphasizes learning how to do case study research-from the first step of deciding whether a case study is the way to go to the last step of verifying and confirming findings before disseminating them. It shows students how to determine an appropriate research design, conduct informative interviews, record observations, document analyses, delineate ways to confirm case study findings, describe methods for deriving meaning from data, and communicate findings.

Educational Administration and Leadership Identity Formation

This book examines the theoretical foundations relevant to identity and identity formation, and their implications for researching and teaching in educational administration and leadership. It includes a range of sociological, psychological, political, cultural, and socio--linguistic approaches to examining leadership identity formation. It also addresses models, practices and experiences that vary according to identity politics, cultural difference, and historical and contemporary privilege in leadership identity formation. Working from theoretical and practice-base perspectives, this book will be of great interest for researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and academics, as well as students in teacher education programs and graduate courses in educational administration and leadership, organisational studies, and educational ethics for broad international use.

Educational Psychology and Transformational Classrooms

Educational Psychology and Transformational Classrooms uniquely positions teachers' transformational experiences as central to understanding and implementing educational psychology research. Across three well-developed case studies using narrative inquiry methods, this volume explores moments of significant change, learning, and evolution in teaching and learning. Each case is followed by analyses from educational psychologists focusing on the three central actors in the learning experience--students, teacher, and context--and is then concluded with case authors' responses to the analyses provided. Showcasing the holistic experience of teaching before unpacking it with theory and research, this book centers classroom life and posits educational psychology as an ideal and accessible lens for its examination.

Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership

This book offers provocations for what's now and what's next in educational leadership, simultaneously bringing the field both back to its basics--of equity, democracy, humanity, and education for all--and forward to productive, innovative, and necessary possibilities. Written during the pandemic reality of 2020, this collection shares the global voices and expertise of prominent and emerging leaders, scholars, and practitioners in education from the UK, the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. The authors engage with the complexities and uncertainties of leading in education. They examine research, reflections, and real stories from which school leaders, education system leaders, policymakers, and researchers in the field of educational leadership, can learn, and in which they will find honesty, authority, and inspiration to guide the future of the field.

The History of Educational Measurement

Authored by the field's top scholars, this book offers unique historical viewpoints, from origins to modern applications, of formal testing programs and mental measurement theories. Topics as varied as large-scale testing, validity, item-response theory, federal involvement, and notable assessment controversies complete a survey of the field's greatest challenges and most important achievements. Graduate students, researchers, industry professionals, and other stakeholders will find this volume relevant for years to come.

Inside Today's Elementary Schools

This book takes readers on a tour of a day in the life of a public elementary school in an effort to give parents and other stakeholders a sense of the realities of the classroom. The tour reveals ten worrisome things about today's schools and considers what to do about them. The book asserts that schools should be staffed by scholarly and engaged teaching professionals dedicated to helping students live a healthy adult life in a democracy rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all, furiously assessed college prep curriculum on everyone. In all, Dillon argues, schools should be places with classrooms of narrow ability ranges dedicated to teaching a coherent curriculum, all in a context of full buy-in and support from students' families. Let's go inside today's elementary schools.

Interpreting and Responding to Classroom Behaviors

It is vital that teachers gain the skills to holistically decipher and respond to these complex classroom situations. Focusing on communication, this book discusses practical ways to apply child developmental theories to help address common classroom situations, problems, and worries. It identifies new frameworks and rationales, such as the troubling child, the testing child, the worrying child, and the hiding child; describes the unique aspects of these children's communication; and offers an easy-to-use language for successful teacher intervention. It also provides an adaptable, week-by-week planning and intervention structure as a way of creating some balance between practicality and theory.

Leadership Case Studies in Education

Applies leadership theories in educational settings using 32 case studies that examine important leadership issues in K-12 and Higher Education 

Leadership for Remote Learning

In this essential book, bestselling authors Ronald Williamson and Barbara R. Blackburn share frameworks and tools you can use to immediately make a difference in your school. The chapter coverage ranges from school culture, to collaboration, to instructional leadership, to focusing on your own effective leadership. You will gain practical strategies and tips you can implement immediately to help your school and community flourish in a remote learning environment.

Literacy Is Still Not Enough

Modern fluencies provide a platform for authentic teaching, learning, and assessment While reading, writing, and arithmetic remain important, they are no longer enough. Learners must move beyond traditional literacies to modern fluencies--the unconscious mental processes that are learned, adapted, and applied in real-world problems and challenges. The authors unpack six core fluencies to better reflect social, cultural, and economic shifts of modern times. Practical resources are presented alongside · Fluency Unit Plan Exemplars · Assessment rubric examples · Discussion questions

Lost and Found

Dr. Ross W. Greene delivers an insightful and effective framework for educators struggling with students with concerning behaviors. In this book, you'll discover a more compassionate, practical, effective approach to students' concerning behaviors; one that positions educators as allies, not enemies, and as partners, not adversaries. Updated examples and dialogue suited to modern classrooms and recent innovations from the constantly evolving CPS.

On Educational Inclusion

Combining examination of policy with primary research and analysis of up-to-date literature, On Inclusive Education explores the various interpretations of inclusion, its history in education, and a range of its applications internationally. With an international complement of authors, this book features detailed yet accessible chapters on a range of topics. The book also examines the impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities--and Article 24 in particular--and the likely legacies and future implications of recent inclusion movements. For postgraduate students and academics researching in the field of inclusive education, and also for school administrators and policy makers, On Inclusive Education is an essential resource.

Principals As Early Learning Leaders

The majority of public school principals are now required to supervise and evaluate early childhood teachers and classrooms, yet many do not have a sufficient understanding of child development and early childhood pedagogy to lead for equity. This practical and comprehensive resource addresses this critical gap by presenting current research on child development, an understanding of the elements of high-quality early childhood classrooms, essential information on trauma-responsive practices, and strategies for reducing bias and preventing the use of exclusionary discipline with young children. Each chapter includes key take-aways and central questions that can be used for individual reflection or to guide group discussions.

Schoolwide Collaboration for Transformative Social Emotional Learning

The authors of this helpful text define transformative social-emotional learning and its impact on students and schools. They present current brain research to support social-emotional programming in a whole school program with collaborative lesson ideas adaptable to all age levels for the use of counselors, librarians, administrators, classroom teachers, and all special area teachers. All lessons provide lists of extended student and faculty readings. Illustrating and highlighting how social-emotional programming helps foster and transform the culture of a school to one of belonging and acceptance, the authors also provide necessary application lessons for all educators in all areas of a school, including ideas for such common areas as playgrounds, cafeterias, classrooms, and libraries, and even ideas for implementation by school administrators.

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SEL from a Distance

The pandemic and subsequent switch to distance learning combined with recent instances of racial injustice has put a spotlight on the cracks in the practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). More than ever before, schools are shifting their focus and prioritizing SEL competencies, around the nation and the world. The call for compassion has never been greater. To easily and effortlessly build SEL into virtual, blended, or in-person environments, behavior experts Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan and John Hannigan have drawn together a collection of tools and processes for SEL that can be applied in any learning environment. In SEL from a Distance, you'll learn: the five SEL competencies and dozens of easy to use processes for building skills in each; how to identify challenging behaviors and prioritize, define mastery, and teach the SEL skills necessary to address them; tips for identifying, teaching, modeling, and reinforcing SEL skills in a virtual setting; strategies for applying SEL to the needs of your unique learning environment.

Stories of Caring School Leadership

Real-life examples to inform and inspire caring in your leadership practices!The practice of caring is essential to effective schooling. Stories of Caring School Leadership is a comprehensive resource of powerful, real-life stories of caring leadership practice. Readers will find stories that * will help aspiring and practicing leaders reflect upon and further develop caring as a quality of their leadership * affirm the importance of caring as a fundamental quality of school leadership * provide examples of caring school leadership in action that can be analyzed, reflected upon, and used to develop practice * make clear the connection between caring leadership and student academic success and well-being 

Theories of School Psychology

Chapters provide an orientation to theories, frameworks, and conceptual models that address core school psychology domains along with application to common student, school, and system issues prevalent in the field. Promoting a deeper study of the fundamental processes and approaches in school psychology, this book advances the embedding of theories, frameworks, and models into the design and delivery of educational and psychological services for children, youth, families, and schools. Case vignettes, empirical evidence, and a broad emphasis on prevention and implementation science provide students and trainers with important information for problem-solving in research and in the field.

You Can't Make This Up!

In You Can't Make This Up! the author constructs case studies based on authentic leadership dilemmas recounted by practicing school principals and vice principals. Each study is aligned with leadership competencies included in Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL).

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