PLE Research Team

Publications and Presentations

 

The University of Virginia’s Partnership for Leaders in Education, a collaboration between the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the Curry School of Education, provides school-, district-, and state-level administrators with executive leadership programs focused on improving low-performing schools and school systems. One component of this unique partnership was a research team led by Curry professors Daniel Duke and Pamela Tucker, and assisted by Curry graduate students Jennifer Higgins, Lesley Lanphear, Melissa Levy, Michael Salmonowicz, and Stephen Saunders. With funding from the Microsoft Corporation, the research team spent four years following the Partnership’s “turnaround principals” and investigating a host of issues related to school improvement efforts in these and other schools. The team’s research projects have resulted in numerous publications and presentations at national education conferences, which are listed below. For more information about the PLE or the work of the research team, please contact Michael Salmonowicz at michael.salmonowicz@gmail.com.
 
 
Articles

 

(2011). Duke, D. L., Konold, T. R., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Teacher perceptions of what needs to be changed in low-performing schools. ERS Spectrum: Journal of Research and Information, 29(1), 1-15.

 

(2010). Duke, D., & Salmonowicz, M. Key decisions of a first-year ‘turnaround’ principal. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 38(1), 33-58.

 

(2010). Levy, M. K. School sleuths: Making data analysis accessible. Unpublished manuscript.

 

(2010). Tucker, P. D., Higgins, J. A., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Teacher and principal perceptions of change in low-performing schools. ERS Spectrum: Journal of Research and Information, 28(4), 13-25.

 

(2009, September 23). Hochbein, C. D., & Duke, D. L. Failing to learn from failure [Commentary]. Education Week, pp. 25, 28.

 

(2009). Salmonowicz, M. Meeting the challenge of school turnaround: Lessons from the intersection of research and practice. Phi Delta Kappan, 91(3), 19-24.

 

(2009). Salmonowicz, M. J., & Levy, M. K. Turning around Maple Shade Middle School: A principal’s initial reform efforts. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 12(1), 26-37.

 

(2008). Duke, D., & Hochbein, C. Rising to the challenges of studying school decline. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 7, 358-379.

 

(2008). Duke, D. L. Understanding school decline. International Studies in Educational Administration, 36(2), 46-65.

 

(2008). Duke, D. L. Diagnosing school decline. Phi Delta Kappan, 89, 667-671.

 

(2008). Duke, D. L., Tucker, P. D., Higgins, J., Lanphear, L., Levy, M. K., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Are local policies supporting instruction becoming standardized? Leadership and Policy in Schools, 7, 1-29.

 

(2008). Tucker, P. D., Salmonowicz, M. J., & Levy, M. K. Values and practices in low-performing schools: Virginia School Turnaround Specialist principals and comparison principals. ERS Spectrum: Journal of Research and Information, 26(2), 21-33.

 

(2007, February 21). Duke, D. L. Turning schools around: What we are learning about the process, and those who do it [Commentary]. Education Week, pp. 35-37.

 

(2007). Duke, D. L., Tucker, P. D., Salmonowicz, M. J., & Levy, M. K. How comparable are the perceived challenges facing principals of low-performing schools? International Studies in Educational Administration, 35(1), 3-21.

 

(2007). Salmonowicz, M. J. Scott O'Neill and Lincoln Elementary School: Preventing a slide from good to worse. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 10(2), 28-37.

 

(2006). Duke, D. L. Keys to sustaining successful school turnarounds. Educational Research Service Spectrum: Journal of Research and Information, 24(4), 21-35.

 

(2006). Duke, D. L. What we know and don’t know about improving low-performing schools. Phi Delta Kappan, 87, 729-734.

 

(2004). Duke, D. L. The turnaround principal: High-stakes leadership. Principal, 84(1), 12-23.

 

 

Books and Book Chapters

 

(2010). Duke, D. L. Differentiating school leadership: Facing the challenges of practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
 
(2008). Duke, D. L. The little school system that could: Transforming a city school district. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
 
(2008). Duke, D. L., Tucker, P. D., Salmonowicz, M. J., Levy, M., & Saunders, S. Teachers’ guide to school turnarounds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
 
(2008). Duke, D. L., Tucker, P. D., Salmonowicz, M. J., & Levy, M. K. U-Turn required: How Virginia's first school turnaround specialists are meeting the challenges of improving low-performing schools. In W. K. Hoy & M. F. DiPaola (Eds.), Improving schools: Studies in leadership and culture, (pp. 137-167). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

 

 

Technical Reports

 

(2005). Duke, D. L., Tucker, P. D., Belcher, M., Crews, D., Harrison-Coleman, J., Higgins, J., Lanphear, L., Marshall, M., Reasor, H., Richardson, S., Rose, M., Salmonowicz, M. J., Scott, W., Taylor, R., Thomas, C., & West, J. Lift-off: Launching the school turnaround process in 10 Virginia schools. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia, Partnership for Leaders in Education.

 

 

Teaching Materials

 

(2008). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Deborah Jewell-Sherman and the Richmond Public Schools (A). Charlottesville, VA: Partnership for Leaders in Education, University of Virginia.

 

(2008). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Deborah Jewell-Sherman and the Richmond Public Schools (B). Charlottesville, VA: Partnership for Leaders in Education, University of Virginia.
 
(2008). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Deborah Jewell-Sherman and the Richmond Public Schools (Teaching Note). Charlottesville, VA: Partnership for Leaders in Education, University of Virginia.

 

(2008). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Securing a high-quality education for every child in Delaware (A). Charlottesville, VA: Partnership for Leaders in Education, University of Virginia.

 

(2008). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Securing a high-quality education for every child in Delaware (B). Charlottesville, VA: Partnership for Leaders in Education, University of Virginia.

 
(2008). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Securing a high-quality education for every child in Delaware (Teaching Note). Charlottesville, VA: Partnership for Leaders in Education, University of Virginia.
 
(2008). Tucker, P. D., & West, J. A. Teams: Harnessing the driving force for school turnaround (UVA-BC-0214). Charlottesville, VA: Darden Business Publishing.
 
(2006). Frazier, P., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Pleasant Valley Elementary School: Celebrating success one student at a time (UVA-OB-0882). Charlottesville, VA: Darden Business Publishing.

 

(2006). Keeler, M., & Salmonowicz, M. J. South River Elementary School: Touching the hearts and minds of students (UVA-OB-0883). Charlottesville, VA: Darden Business Publishing.

 

 

Presentations

 

(2009, April). Duke, D. L. Learning about leadership for low-performing schools: A tale of inquiry in four acts. Robert and Donna Nicely Lecture at Penn State's College of Education, University Park, PA.
 
(2008, March). Duke, D. L. How to turn around low-performing schools. Cawelti Leadership Lecture at the annual meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, New Orleans, LA.
 
(2008, March). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. When principals diagnose the causes of low student achievement. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, New Orleans, LA.

 

(2007, July). Duke, D. L. Levers and landmines of restructuring schools. Presentation at the Education Commission of the States’ National Forum on Education Policy, Philadelphia, PA.

 

(2007, July). Duke, D. L., & Salmonowicz, M. J. The School Turnaround Specialist Program story. Presentation to Cohort 1 of the Partnership for Leaders in Education’s Wallace Program, Charlottesville, VA.

 

(2007, June). Duke, D. L., & Tucker, P. D. What does it take to turn around a low-performing school? Presentation at the Curry School of Education Policy Institute, Charlottesville, VA.

 

(2007, April). Tucker, P. D., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Leadership practices and results in under performing schools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

 

(2007, March). Tucker, P. D., & Levy, M. K. Improving low-performing schools: The Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Anaheim, CA.

 

(2007, March). Duke, D. L. Lessons from the School Turnaround Specialist Program. Keynote address at the College of Charleston’s Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, Charleston, SC.

 

(2006, April). Tucker, P. D., Salmonowicz, M. J., Sayeski, B., & Yates, K. Leadership lessons from the Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Chicago, IL.

 

(2006, February). Duke, D. L., Tucker, P. D., & Scott, W. New hope for low-performing schools: Leadership lessons from the Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of School Administrators, San Diego, CA.

 

(2006, February). Tucker, P. D., & Scott, W. Leadership responses to conditions in under performing schools. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (Conference Within a Conference), San Diego, CA.

 

(2005, November). Duke, D. L., Tucker, P. D., & Salmonowicz, M. J. Promoting academic success for all students: Leadership lessons from the Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program. Presentation at the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration, Nashville, TN.