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Cranston, Jerome – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2009
Using a naturalistic inquiry approach and thematic analysis, this paper outlines the findings of a research study that examined 12 Manitoba principals' conceptions of professional learning communities. The study found that these principals consider the development of professional learning communities to be a normative imperative within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Principals, Communities of Practice
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Moller, Gayle – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article describes how teacher leadership emerged within schools with either a high level or a low level of readiness to establish a professional learning community. Through the perspectives of principals and teacher leaders, there were distinct differences in the emergence of teacher leadership, the operation of shared leadership structures,…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership, Principals, Professional Development
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Hilliard, Ann T.; Newsome, Sandra S. – Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 2013
There are many demands on schools today to perform at a high level with competence that improves teaching and learning and promotes higher student achievement. When students perform below national standards, schools may be given a "no vote of confidence" from the public. Therefore, principals in schools need to find ways to groom and…
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Administrator Role, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility
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Huffman, Jane – NASSP Bulletin, 2003
Defining a vision based on shared values is a crucial step that administrators must consider as they lead their schools through reform efforts. This article reports findings from a national study of creating professional learning communities in schools and how an organizational framework helped to explain vision development in 18 schools.…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Change, Teacher Collaboration, Cooperative Planning
Hipp, Kristine A. – 2001
This paper is a case study of a middle school in the Midwest that was involved with a national project over a 3-year period in trying to create a professional learning community. The case study includes background, areas of focused reflection, a school profile, case questions to stimulate dialogue and problem-solving, and author's reflections. The…
Descriptors: Activity Units, Case Studies, Change Agents, Cooperative Learning