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When the Faculty Feels Like Family: The Role of the Principal-Teacher Relationship in Rural School Improvement
(December 2023) Wheeler, Danella Kay 1974-; Bigham, Gary; Bigham, Gary; Hindman, Janet; Nix, Jerry V.
The research focus of the scholarly delivery is the principal-teacher relationship in rural schools during times of mandated school improvement. The first scholarly deliverable is a case study that can be used for teaching doctoral or master’s candidates in the field of educational leadership. The title of this article is “When a Teacher Chooses Non-Compliance: Harnessing the Power of the Principal-Teacher Relationship”. This case study uses the story of a new rural school principal’s conflict with one of her teachers to highlight the importance of building trust and using effective communication to strengthen the principal-teacher relationship. The final scholarly deliverable is an empirical article titled “When Faculty Feels Like Family: The Role of the Principal-Teacher Relationship in Rural School Improvement”. This article details how two rural Texas principals used positive relationships to garner academic growth on their campuses.
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Reaching Adult Learners Located in Rural and Remote Areas through Community College Branch Campuses in Texas
(December 2023) Walton, Ilene J. 1964-; Hindman, Janet; Hindman, Janet; Johnson, Brad; Nix, Jerry V.
Due to the need for more qualified and credentialed employees, Texas introduced a new funding model that encourages community colleges to seek new ways to provide the local workforce with credentials of value (McGee, 2022, McGee, 2023). Community colleges are being asked to expand their educational focus to include all working-age adults, often called nontraditional students or adult learners. Through a strategic plan, community colleges may use their branch campuses in rural and remote areas to meet the challenge of educating adult learners proposed in the new funding model. This qualitative research used narrative inquiry described by Connelly and Clandinin (2006) and thematic analysis methodologies and approaches recommended by Braun and Clarke (2023) to identify ways community college branch campuses might recruit, educate, and provide credentials of value to adult learners in rural and remote areas, to meet the growing needs of the expanding Texas workforce outlined in the 2023 higher education funding model. This study identified barriers and aligned various ways by which branch campuses might effectively serve adult and nontraditional students in rural areas.
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What Really Works? How Successful School Leaders Retain Teachers
(December 2023) Stephens, Amy 1975-; Harper, Irma; Harper, Irma; Dr. Ray Barbosa; Dr. Minseok Yang
This final composite explores the challenges and strategies campus-level leaders at high-poverty schools use to retain teachers. The first scholarly deliverable is a case study article that could be used to teach and grow aspiring principals through their master’s or doctoral work in educational leadership. The title of this article is “We Turned Around a Struggling School, Now What?” This case explores the sustainability of school improvement work through the lens of retaining quality teachers after turnaround funding and initiatives end. The final scholarly deliverable is an empirical article titled “What Really Works, How Successful School Leaders Retain Teachers.” This empirical article focuses on examining the unique challenges high-poverty campuses face when it comes to recruiting and retaining quality teachers.
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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MERIT-PAY ON TEACHER RETENTION AND STUDETNT ACHEIVMENT IN A RURAL SCHOOL IN TEXAS
(December 2023) Sizemore, Patrick; Harper, Irma; Bigham, Gary; Garrison, Mark
The final composite explores the challenges faced by rural schools in the retention of high-quality teachers. The first scholarly deliverable is a case study article that could be used to teach masters or doctoral candidates in the field of educational leadership. The title of this article is “Teacher Incentive Allotment: Attempts at Teachers Recruitment and Retention.” This case reviews a teacher’s experience with the teacher incentive allotment as she attempts to earn an additional $20,000 a year and the impact it has had on her retention. The final scholarly deliverable is an empirical article titled “The Relationship Between Merit-Pay on Teacher Retention and Student Achievement in a Rural School in Texas.” This empirical article explores a rural school district’s first 3 years of participating in the Teacher Incentive Allotment program in Texas and its relationship to retention and student achievement
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THE EFFECT OF HARVEST CUTTING HEIGHT AND HYBRID MATURITY CLASS ON FORAGE NUTRITIVE VALUES AND RATOON REGROWTH POTENTIAL OF SORGHUM SUDANGRASS IN THE TEXAS HIGH PLAINS
(December 2023) Sirmon, Preston; Bell, Jourdan M.; Blaser, Brock C.; Bell, Jourdan M.; Blaser, Brock C.; Tim Steffens
Sorghum Sudangrass (Sorghum x drummondi), a crop that is drought tolerant and readily regrows, is an option that producers in the Texas High Plains are turning to as water limitations become more prevalent. The objective of this study was to i) investigate the effect of clipping height on yield and ratoon production, and ii) evaluate the forage nutritive values of a single harvest versus ratoon harvest system of sorghum sudangrass varieties under limited irrigation in the Texas High Plain. Seven different sorghum sudangrass hybrids were cut to leave 10 and 20 cm of stubble and allowed to regrow. Cutting height did not affect yields, with cumulative yields in 2019 ranging from 8.99 to 16.23 Mg ha-1 and 7.59 to 13.09 Mg ha-1 for the 10 and 20 cm cutting height, respectively; and cumulative yields in 2020, ranging from 4.61 to 7.84 Mg ha-1 and from 3.95 to 8.15 Mg ha-1 for the 10 and 20 cm cutting height, respectively. A ratoon crop was only achieved with the early maturing hybrids in this study. Forage Nutritive values were greatest with the early maturing hybrids and their ratoon crops; however, overall yield was greater for the longer maturing hybrids.