ERIC Number: ED429263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
High Performance Learning Communities District 2. Report on Year One Implementation of School Learning Communities. High Performance Training Communities Project.
Stein, Mary Kay
Over the past decade the idea that schools should serve as professional learning communities for teachers has become fashionable. Discussions of "community" pervade the literature on professional development and teacher learning. The three case studies conducted as part of the first-year work on the High Performance Learning Communities Project provide some specific answers to the questions of what it means for a school to serve as a professional learning community for teachers. These studies were conducted in schools which experienced dramatic turnarounds in the past eight years from elementary schools where children were not learning, staff were not teaching, and parents were uninterested to schools with improving student achievement score, dedicated and cohesive teaching staffs, and supportive, involved parents. This paper seeks to explicate the strategies that were used in the case study schools to create and maintain professional learning communities. One overriding similarity was that all three schools were active participants in Community School District #2's overall systemic approach to improvement. Indeed, the decision to intensively study these particular schools was guided by district leaders' beliefs that each had embraced and benefited from the direction, advice, and support provided by the district. As such, the district's hand can be discerned in the cultures of all three schools. As the strategies used by these schools are identified and described, district influences will be noted and elaborated upon. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.