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ERIC Number: EJ828740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Moving beyond Talk
Smith, Debra; Wilson, Bruce; Corbett, Dick
Educational Leadership, v66 n5 p20-25 Feb 2009
It's easy for professional learning communities to become stalled at the stage of collegial discussions about improving teaching practice. The authors explore what spurs communities to progress beyond talk to collective action that brings change. Smith, Wilson, and Corbett participated in the creation of teacher learning communities in urban school districts in New Jersey as part of a five-year project that included facilitator trainings by the National School Reform Faculty. Through observations and interviews with participating teachers, they identified six conditions that led to deeper learning and successful collaboration in these learning communities: a pre-existing supportive culture, time to meet, satisfying processes, voluntary participation, support from principals, and a cadre of trained facilitators. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey