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ERIC Number: EJ1005485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Learning to Be a Community: Schools Need Adaptable Models to Create Successful Programs
Ermeling, Bradley A.; Gallimore, Ronald
Journal of Staff Development, v34 n2 p42-45 Apr 2013
Making schools learning places for teachers as well as students is a timeless and appealing vision. The growing number of professional learning communities is a hopeful sign that profound change is on the way. This is the challenge learning communities face: Schools and districts need implementation models flexible enough to adapt to local conditions but sufficiently specific that educators aren't reinventing the wheel. The search for an implementation model prompted 40 districts to invite the authors to present their research on inquiry-based teacher teams recognized by Learning Forward for the 2010 Best Research Award. Although the 40 districts they visited are a self-selected sample, the consistency of reports across diverse communities and states make their observations more than a collection of anecdotes. What they observed in the 40 districts fell into two categories, each following a different approach to learning communities: compliance-driven and workshop-inspired.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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