ERIC Number: ED449141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-22
Reference Count: N/A
Practitioners' Guide to Learning Communities. Creation of High-Performance Schools through Organizational and Individual Learning.
Cibulka, James; Nakayama, Michelle
This paper introduces the purposes of school learning communities. Section 1, "Foundations of a Learning Community," presents a definition and discusses different approaches to reforming schools. Section 2, "Key Aspects of a Learning Community," highlights three components of learning communities (student learning, teacher learning, and collaborative learning); new conceptions of learning for all students (developmental aspects of learning; learning transfer; novice, competent, and expert learners; environmental and social conditions to promote learning; expert teachers; technology; assessment; and new conceptions of learning and learning communities); and teachers as learners (developmental considerations, socially constructed teacher learning, structural conditions for teacher learning, teacher learning focused on the whole system, and bringing together multiple perspectives on teacher learning to enhance professional development and student outcomes). This section also discusses a collaborative culture (incentives and opportunities for collaboration to build knowledge, a climate favoring continuous school improvement, and transformational leadership by school principals). Section 3, "An Approach to Implementing Data-Based Decision Making," describes the KEYS (Keys to Excellence for Your Schools) initiative, which provides an instrument and guidelines for facilitating the self-study process. Section 4 presents "Suggested Readings." Two appendixes offer the NPEAT principles of professional development and a description of KEYS. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Child Development, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Leadership, Learning Strategies, Organizational Change, Principals, Program Evaluation, School Culture, Student Evaluation, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Teachers, Teaching Skills
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching, Washington, DC.