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From the Editor’s Desk Eric Carbaugh, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, Middle and Secondary Education, James Madison University


Tis year’s journal is themed Advancing Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. By publishing articles related to this topic, our goal is to showcase some of the positive work that educators in the mid-Atlantic are doing to help improve their classrooms, and the field of education.


In our first section, Educational Issues, we have included an educator’s response to the film Waiting for Superman. Milne refocuses the thesis of this documentary by placing emphasis on working with, rather than against, teachers to find solutions to our schools’ problems.


Te two articles included in our Strides Towards Excellence section show us how teacher leadership within a school can bring about positive change. Te first, an article by Sterrett, Sclater, and Murray, illustrates how positive relationships between teachers and students can strengthen school community. Te second, an article by Batiste, Nunally, and McQueen, describes how teacher-directed collaborative conversations help improve instructional practices.


For our In Practice section, we have included several articles that discuss practical ideas to help teachers and students achieve higher levels of success. Te Pease and Carpenter selection looks at how teachers can work smarter and more efficiently by practicing “sustainable teaching.” Te Habeeb article examines how assessing students for learning can lead to increased student achievement. Houff and Coffman complete this section by providing insight into how technology, when used as part of a high-quality curriculum, can improve classroom teaching and learning.


We also have an article represented in our Research section that shares successful practices related to teaching, learning, and leadership. Carr provides us with insight into how one low- performing West Virginia district managed to achieve and sustain success aſter being taken over by the state.


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Virginia Educational Leadership


Vol. 8 No. 1


Spring 2011


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