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ERIC Number: EJ915859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Professional Learning Communities in Partnership: A 3-Year Journey of Action and Advocacy to Bridge the Achievement Gap
Hoffman, Patricia; Dahlman, Anne; Zierdt, Ginger
School-University Partnerships, v3 n1 p28-42 Spr 2009
This article details a strategic planning model and concurrent 3-year research study focusing on the benefits of preK-16 professional development school learning communities for the participating preK-16 educational leaders in a midwestern school-university partnership network. Results of the study, along with the strategic plan's success at achieving identified outcomes on a fixed timeline, indicate that participating educational leaders developed deeper understanding of issues relating to early-childhood school readiness, English-language learners, and family-school-community partnerships; they transformed educational practices; they built leadership capacity within individual organizations to facilitate change; and they developed and implemented action plans for advocacy. (Contains 5 tables.)
National Association for Professional Development Schools. College of Education University of South Carolina, Wardlaw 252, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-1515; Fax: 803-777-3035; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota