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Best Practices in Walk-Throughs, an Instructional Supervision Technique, and the Impact on Student AchievementAuthor(s): E-BEST HWDSB (2009)
This "BLAM" (Bottom Line Actionable Message) was developed by the E-BEST team of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and outlines research on best practices for walk-throughs as an instructional supervision strategy to increase student acheivement. You can also view this, and other BLAMs, at the HWDSB website: http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/e-best/?page_id=205

"Overall, the literature summarized in this BLAM, shows that walk-throughs can have a positive impact on student achievement
providing that they are transparent, non-evaluative, focused on an
improvement area and conducted frequently (at least once per
week). Walk-throughs should facilitate open dialogue between
teachers and principals..."

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Creating Effective Administrator EvaluationsAuthor(s): E-BEST HWDSB
This "BLAM" (Bottom Line Actionable Message) was developed by the E-BEST team of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and outlines research on how to effectively evaluate school administrators. You can also view this, and other BLAMs, at the HWDSB website: http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/e-best/?page_id=205


"Research investigating effective administrator evaluations has defined
objectivity as an essential factor. Further, what is being measured and how
it’s being measured must be done objectively. The process should not
be based on a static model; but rather reflect the unique needs of the
administrator’s role and the district within which they work...."

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Exploring Secondary Principals' Perspectives of the Secondary Vice-Principal RoleAuthor(s): Lim, L. (2016)
This study examined the perspectives of secondary principals of the secondary vice-principal role. According to the secondary principals interviewed, the vice-principal role has become increasingly complex with increased workload as the role is predominantly operational (by reacting to student discipline, attendance, and conflict resolution) at the expense of demonstrating instructional leadership.

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Implementing educational change: How do individuals at different levels of responsibility experience change forces?Author(s): Melville, W. and Bartley, A. (2012)
The purpose of this study was to examine the change forces experienced by school administrators, a department chair, and a classroom teacher from one Ontario secondary school as they introduced an all-male grade nine math class in 2009. More specifically, the study was guided by the following research question: “How do change forces act on individuals at different levels of responsibility for an educational change?” (p. 3).

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Is Gender a Consideration in the Hiring and Rotation of Secondary School Principals?Author(s): Cecilia Reynolds; Robert White; Carol Brayman; Shawn Moore (2008)
Government statistics from the early 2000s in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia illustrate that the percentage of women secondary school principals has risen over the past thirty years. This study investigated whether gender is a factor in the hiring and rotation practices of school boards within these four provinces.

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Perspectives of New Administrators on the Ontario Principals Qualification CoursesAuthor(s): Kien Luu (2010)
Teachers who wish to move into the role of administration in Ontario’s public school system must first complete Principals’ Qualification Courses (PQP). This study investigated the perceptions of newly appointed school administrators in Ontario regarding their experience with the PQP. More specifically, the author wished to explore the extent to which the current structure of PQP training in Ontario prepared new administrators for the realities of school leadership.

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Smoking in Ontario Schools: Does policy make a difference?Author(s): Angela Reitsma; Steve Manske
Although tobacco use has decreased in Canada it remains the country’s leading cause of premature death. Most people (85%) start smoking before the age of 18 despite the fact that Canadian federal laws make it illegal for people under the age of 18 to buy cigarettes. Many provinces set the bar at 19 years. Therefore, schools are a key environment to support youth remaining tobacco-free.
The researchers in this study assessed the link between school tobacco policy and smoking status in Ontario elementary and secondary schools in 2003.

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Social Justice as a Priority in New Teacher InductionAuthor(s): Pinto, L., Portelli, J., Rottmann, C. and Pashby, K. (2012)
This research study explored the degree to which social justice was prioritized by Ontario school administrators, as part of the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP). This study aimed to understand the ways in which administrators influenced the social justice practices of beginning teachers.

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Special Education Programming: Principal’s Report on Their Leadership Role(s) in Special Education Programming and Their Professional Development NeedsAuthor(s): Lindy Zaretsky; Louise Moreau; Susan Faircloth (2008)
This study examined principal’s perceptions of what it means to provide leadership in special education: how they believe they demonstrate this leadership in their schools, how well they believe they are prepared to engage in these roles, and their perceived professional development needs in this area.

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Successful practices for immigrant parent involvement: An Ontario perspective Author(s): Mary Ladky; Shelly Stagg (2007)
This study brings together the perspectives of 21 immigrant parents who speak eight different languages
and have been in Canada less than six years with those of 61 teachers and 32 principals who work in
schools with English as a second language (ESL) populations of 20% or greater who have been recognized
as successfully involving immigrant parents in their children's schooling.

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Supporting teachers who engage in district-wide, school-based programs: The experiences of PrincipalsAuthor(s): Gallagher, T. and Grierson, A. (2011)
This study examined the experiences of school administrators whose schools were the hosting sites of a district-wide professional learning initiative in one Ontario school board. Intended to assist with the implementation of evidence- based literacy and numeracy practices, four teachers from across the board were chosen to host demonstration classrooms where other teachers could visit and observe research-based instructional practices in action.

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The complexities of secondary school reform over timeAuthor(s): Andy Hargreaves; Ivor Goodson
This is a 5-year Spencer Foundation-funded longitudinal project that examines educational change over time (1970s, 1980s, and 1990s) by exploring the experiences of teachers and administrators who worked in eight secondary schools in the United States and Canada within these periods.

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The Role of External Diagnosis in School ImprovementAuthor(s): John Ross; Timothy M. Sibbald
When Ontario schools lack the capability to assess their own needs it is recommended that they use external diagnosis. In external diagnosis, experts who are not affiliated with the school visit it over a course of several days, sitting in on classes, reviewing student tasks, and reviewing teacher daybooks as well as literacy resources. At the end of the diagnostic session, the diagnosticians present an oral report to the school staff and the principal receives a written report a few weeks later.
This research interviewed random samples of Ontario school staff (teachers, principals, literacy coaches, and special education resource teachers), diagnosticians, district consultants and senior district administrators to better understand the role of external diagnosis in school improvement.

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