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Pirtle, Sylvia Segura; Tobia, Ed – SEDL, 2014
"Professional learning communities," the name given to teachers' collaborative professional learning--or PLCs, as they are often called--has become so overused that the term's meaning is often lost. Only when teachers reflect on their instructional practice, consider the effect instruction has on students, and implement insights gained…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Technical Assistance
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Kosanovich, Marcia; Foorman, Barbara – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast developed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitators Guide to support educators in the implementation of recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's. The practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that enable students to read words, relate those words to their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Guides, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction
Northwest Evaluation Association, 2016
Guiding student growth minute-by-minute--aka classroom formative assessment--has a track record of boosting student and teacher engagement. Discover concrete ways leaders can support this high-impact instructional practice throughout your school or district. Learn: (1) how to clarify who owns the learning and who is responsible for the learning…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Environment, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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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
Marzano Research Laboratory, 2011
This document contains the Phase III report from the "What Works in Oklahoma Schools" study. As opposed to describing the findings from the study that was conducted, it provides a tool-kit that can be used by Oklahoma principals and teachers to determine the best courses of action for their schools and classrooms. The tools provided in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Administrators, Needs Assessment, Reflective Teaching
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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
Cunningham, Diane – ASCD, 2011
Once you've established a professional learning community (PLC), you need to get this ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) action tool to ensure that your PLC stays focused on addressing teaching methods and student learning problems. This ASCD action tool explains how your PLC can use collaborative action research to…
Descriptors: Action Research, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Methods, Communities of Practice
Newman, Leslie A.; Rollison, Margaret L. – Principal Leadership, 2011
In the 2006-07 school year, North Brunswick High School--a rural, racially and economically diverse high school in Leland, North Carolina--was identified as a priority school by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Overall student proficiency was at 48.6%, indicating that less than one-half of all students earned a score of…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Eaker, Robert; Keating, Janel – Solution Tree, 2011
What would a learning community look like "if we really meant it" when we committed to ensuring the learning of each student? What would we consider good enough for our own children? In "Every School, Every Team, Every Classroom," the authors suggest that these two questions drive PLC leaders to embed PLC at Work[TM] practices in their entire…
Descriptors: Leadership, Principals, Educational Change, Boards of Education