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ERIC Number: ED569936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Catalyst Schools' Implementation of the Learning School Approach. Catalyst Schools Research Study Report
Hammer, Patricia Cahape
West Virginia Department of Education Office of Research, Accountability, and Data Governance
"Catalyst schools" were 28 elementary and secondary schools selected to participate in a pilot project begun in July 2014, which explored how best to support teacher professional learning through decentralization of decision making and implementation of the Learning School approach. The pilot project was the first phase in a statewide initiative that would be scaled up to all public schools in the state in the 2016-2017 school year. Learning Forward, a national professional learning association, developed the Learning School approach as a model for implementation of the Standards for Professional Learning. The standards make up a framework for continuous school improvement based on ongoing educator learning to support positive student outcomes. The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) adopted the standards in 2012; the Learning School Initiative was the Board's call for systematic implementation of the standards. This report focuses on levels of implementation of the Learning School approach achieved by catalyst schools across the state. It is the fourth in a series of reports based on a research study, "Developing Effective Professional Learning Communities in Catalyst Schools," conducted between February 2015 and June 2016. [For the Technical Report, see ED569935.]
West Virginia Department of Education Office of Research, Accountability, and Data Governance. 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305. Tel: 304-558-2546; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia