RETA Distributed Leadership for Middle School Mathematics Education: Content Area Leadership Expertise in Practice Series

The goal of this project was to design and validate a series of research instruments to identify leadership for mathematics instruction in middle schools and for documenting instructional leadership practice. Adopting a distributed perspective on leadership, this work focused on both formally designated and informal leaders and their leadership routines. The objective was to develop valid and reliable instruments that make the day-to-day practice of school leadership for mathematics instruction more transparent, as well as measure changes in this practice over time. This project utilized Social Network Surveys, Experience Sampling Methods (ESM), and Daily Practice Logs. To validate these instruments a combination of shadowing, end-of-day cognitive interviews, and semi-structured interviews was used. These instruments were used to describe and analyze when and how teachers and other educators solicit or provide instructional advice and the degree to which these resources influence their work. This was a mixed methods series involving both quantitative and qualitative methodologies designed to investigate content leadership knowledge and practice for middle school mathematics.

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2012
Spillane, J.P.,  Kim, C.M.,  Frank, K.A. . Instructional advice and information seeking behavior in elementary schools: Exploring tie formation as a building block in social capital development. Journal of Educational Administration.
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2010
Dorner, L.M.,  Spillane, J.P.,  Pustejovsky, J. Organizing for instruction: A comparative study of public Catholic charter, and public schools' enactment of institutional policy scripts. Journal of Educational Change.
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2010
Dorner, L.M.,  Spillane, J.P.,  Pustejovsky, J. Organizing for instruction: A comparative study of public Catholic, charter, and public schools' enactment of institutional policy scripts. Journal of Educational Change. 12, (1), 71-98.
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2010
Spillane, J.P.,  Healey, K. Conceptualizing school leadership and management from a distributed perspective: An exploration of some study operations and measures. Elementary School Journal. 111, (2), 253-281.
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2010
Spillane, James P.,  Healey, Kaleen,  Kim, Chong Min . Leading and managing instruction: Using social network analysis to explore formal and informal aspects of the elementary school organization. Social Network Theory and Educational Change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
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2009
Pitts, V.,  Spillane, J.P. . Using social network methods to study school leadership. International Journal of Research and Method in Education. 32, (2), 185-207.
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2009
Pustejovsky, J.,  Spillane, J.P. . Question-order effects in social network name generators. Social Networks. 31, (4), 221-229.
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2009
Pustejovsky, J.,  Spillane, J.P.,  Heaton, R.M.,  Lewis, W.J. . Understanding teacher leadership in middle school mathematics: A collaborative research effort. Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations. 11, 19-40.
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2008
Pustejovsky, James E.,  Spillane, James P.,  Heaton, Ruth M.,  Lewis, W. James . Understanding teacher leadership in middle school mathematics: A collaborative research effort. .
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