The Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (JCEL) publishes in electronic format peer-reviewed cases appropriate for use in programs that prepare educational leaders. Building on a long tradition, the University Council for Education Administration sponsors this journal in an ongoing effort to improve administrative preparation. The journal's editorial staff seeks a wide range of cases that embody relevant and timely presentations of issues germane to the preparation of educational leaders.
|Sean L. Dickerson||University of South Florida|
|Bassel Akar||Norte Dame University in Lebanon|
|Anika Anthony||The Ohio State University, USA|
|Margaret Barber||University of Utah, USA|
|Bruce Barnett||University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, Colorado|
|Floyd D. Beachum||Lehigh University|
|Mohomodou Boncana||Georgia Southern University|
|Christa Boske||Kent State University, USA|
|Monica Byrne-Jimenez||Hofstra University|
|Bradley W. Carpenter||University of Louisville|
|Gary M. Crow||Indiana University, USA|
|Bob Donmoyer||University of San Diego|
|Karen Dunlap||Texas Woman's University|
|Scott Ferrin||Brigham Young University|
|Mark A. Gooden||University of Texas, Austin|
|Frank Hernandez||University of Texas of the Permian Basin|
|Liz Hollingworth||University of Iowa, USA|
|Lisa Kensler||Auburn University, USA|
|Angeliki Lazaridou||University of Thessaly, Greece|
|Jane Lindle||Clemson University|
|Catherine A. Lugg||Rutgers University|
|Katherine C. Mansfield||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|Pat Maslin-Ostrowski||Florida Atlantic University|
|Carlos McCray||Fordham University|
|Kerry Brian Melear||University of Mississippi|
|Zulma Mendez||El Colegio de Chihuahua|
|Erica Mohan||Education Consultant|
|Cynthia Reed||Northern Kentucky University|
|Latish C. Reed||University of Wisconsin - Milwaukie|
|Rick Reitzug||University of North Carolina, Greensboro|
|Mariela A. Rodriguez||University of Texas at San Antonio|
|Ricardo Rosa||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA|
|Karen Sanzo||Old Dominion University, USA|
|James Joseph Scheurich||Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA|
|Alan R. Shoho||University of Texas, San Antonio|
|Valerie Storey||University of Central Florida|
|Fat Hee Tie||University of Malaya|
|Terah Venzant Chambers||Michigan State University|
|Chris Willis||Bowling Green State University|
|Michelle D. Young||UCEA|
JCEL Submission Guidelines
The editor has identified the following resources to assist authors:
1. "The Elements of a Good Case" by Richard Fossey and Gary M. Crow
2. "Writing the Undisguised Case" by Richard Fossey and Sarah Glover
3. "A Sacrificial Lam: A Divided School Board, a Beleaguered Superintendent and an Urgent Need to Improve Student Achievement" by Richard Fossey
4. "Rebel With a Cause: A School Board Member Calls for Reform in Miami-Dade County Public Schools" by Tom Manning
Submitted manuscripts will undergo internal and external review. Manuscripts will be subject to initial editor screening to determine if the manuscript format is appropriate and content is promising. Once a manuscript successfully passes internal review, cases will then be subject to double blind peer review. As is customary in most scholarly publications, authors should be prepared to work with the editorial staff in revising manuscripts in accordance with editorial policy.
Cases are reviewed with the following criteria in mind:
- Focuses on pertinent and timely issues of educational leadership.
- Relevant to graduate students preparing for educational leadership roles and for educational professionals currently in these roles.
- Useful in graduate teaching environments.
- Presents a practical and realistic problem that requires the integration of knowledge within and/or across disciplines.
- Stimulates self-directed learning by encouraging students to generate questions and access new knowledge.
- Provides the description of a problem that can sustain student discussion of alternative solutions.
- Describes the context in a rich fashion, including the individuals in the case.
- Encourages the clarification of personal and professional values and beliefs.
- Authenticates the connection of theory to practice.
- Includes teaching notes that facilitate the use of the case for leadership development.
- Is clearly written with specific objectives.
For publication consideration in JCEL, please submit manuscripts to the editor electronically online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcel.
Articles accepted, published, or submitted for publication elsewhere, cannot be submitted to JCEL for publication consideration.
All figures must be submitted as GIF or JPEG images in final form. Manuscripts should include a cover sheet with the title, author's name, address and email address. Ordinarily manuscripts should be between 1200-2000 words, exclusive of teaching notes.
For manuscript submission questions, please contact Zorka Karanxha at Karanxha@usf.edu.
Preparation of Manuscripts
All case submissions should be divided into two documents. The main document should be blinded, with no author or biographical information, and should include the following:
- Abstract A short 100 word abstract describing the topic(s) of the case and a brief synopsis of the case.
- Text Sections should be typed in Times Roman font (12 pt) with page numbers centered at the bottom of the page.
- Teaching Notes All cases should include a one (1) page "Teaching Notes" that outlines how the material might be used in professional preparation programs for educational leaders. Within the "Teaching Note," authors should repeat the abstract describing the topic(s) of the case and a brief synopsis of the case.
- References References should follow the style in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- ERIC Descriptors Three (3) ERIC descriptors suitable for searching should be identified.
The second document should include identifying information, namely:
- Author Information Author's name and institutional affiliation.
Biographical Statement Authors should provide a brief (2-3 sentence) biographical statement.
Author Information Author's name and institutional affiliation
Use and submission of figures should be as follows:
- Tables Tables should be used only when they can present information more effectively than in running text. Care should be taken to insure that tables can be effectively presented in html, since articles will be in both html and adobe acrobat (pdf).
- Illustrations Figures should be numbered in series. Symbols (open or closed circles, triangles, squares) and lettering must be clear when rendered in GIF or JPEG format. Please review all figures after converting to GIF or JPEG format to insure that they are readable.
- Line drawings and graphs Original line drawings and graphs should be submitted as GIF or JPEG files.
- Photographs Photographs should be submitted as GIF or JPEG files.
Authors must assign UCEA copyright of their cases to be published in JCEL and acknowledge that the case is an original work that has not been published elsewhere. UCEA grants its authors the right to republish their own cases wherever they wish, in any format, provided that they cite JCEL as the original source.
The page layout for the main document should follow the example below.
**Note: Because excessive formatting can significantly delay conversion of a manuscript to the html and pdf formats in which the cases are electronically published, use of additional enhancements (headers, footers, automatic outlines, underlines, etc.) is discouraged unless these features are necessary to the content of the document. Authors with questions about formatting may contact Sean L. Dickerson, email@example.com.
Page Layout Example
This case was developed for use in a course on learning-centered leadership with a focus on supervision. Varied data are presented about the school, the district, the students, and the community. Students must analyze the data, identify inconsistencies...
At a district meeting for principals and assistant principals this week, the Superintendent shared the current testing report. Highlights for RRMS are summarized below.
Writing test results - grades 6 and 8
State writing tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 indicating no proficiency, and 4 indicating strong proficiency. A score of 2.5 indicates acceptable performance. At RRMS, 41.8% of sixth graders and 59.0% of eighth graders scored equal to or better than...
This case was developed for use in a course on learning-centered leadership with a focus on supervision. Varied data are presented about the school, the district, the students, and the community. Students must analyze the data, identify
inconsistencies, formulate additional questions and strategies for gaining additional information, and begin to develop a plan for working in a new leadership role to improve instruction and student performance. In their responses to the case, students are able to demonstrate their ability to: ....
DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (1998). Professional learning communities at work: Best practices for enhancing student achievement. Bloomington, IN: National Education Service.
Glatthorn, A. A. (1997). Differentiated supervision(2nd Ed). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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