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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
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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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Blanton, Linda P.; Perez, Yvette – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
School accountability reports reveal that wide achievement gaps exist among different subgroups of students in PK-12 schools. Research findings reveal that general and special education teachers improve their classroom practices when working in professional learning communities (PLCs). In addition, research shows that special education teachers…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Accountability, Teacher Collaboration, Achievement Gap
von Frank, Valerie, Ed. – National Staff Development Council, 2009
"The Learning System" is a newsletter designed for superintendents and central office staff with professional learning responsibilities. This issue includes: (1) District Pulls Together in Pursuit of Excellence: Creating Collaboration Systemwide Requires Commitment (Valerie von Frank); (2) Scheduling Time for Teacher Learning Is Key for…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Central Office Administrators, School Districts, Faculty Development
Hewitt, Kimberly Kappler; Weckstein, Daniel K. – Eye on Education, 2011
Turn your school into a place where every child achieves. This book provides leaders with all that they need to promote differentiation in their schools and districts. Through research and first-hand experience, the authors have identified effective strategies for hiring differentiation-minded staff members, communicating the need for…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, Leaders
Caven, Meghan; Checkoway, Amy; Gamse, Beth – Abt Associates, 2012
The Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiative is designed to improve academic outcomes by increasing the amount of learning time for students. Schools are expected to provide opportunities to teachers for collaborative planning and professional development as well as add time to the school day or year for instructional and enrichment…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Extended School Day, Teacher Collaboration, School Schedules
Murphy, Carlene U.; Lick, Dale W. – Corwin Press, 2004
Used by hundreds of schools and school districts across the country, the Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG) System is a student-driven, holistic process for facilitating major staff development and schoolwide change. While providing a step-by-step methodology for the development and implementation of successful WFSGs, this newest edition of Murphy…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Strategies, School Culture
Lindstrom, Phyllis H.; Speck, Marsha – Corwin Press, 2004
Individual teachers have the greatest effect on student performance. Principals, as professional development leaders, are in the best position to provide teachers with the professional development strategies they need to improve skills and raise student achievement. This book guides readers through a step-by-step process to formulate, implement,…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Principals, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development
Bredeson, Paul V. – 2003
This book helps school administrators redesign the professional development model to better reflect the relevant issues and realities of today's schools. Using the metaphor of architecture, the book outlines innovative ways to create and implement such a transformation and highlights the rationale behind why these changes are so crucial. It also…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education
Wald, Penelope J., Ed.; Castleberry, Michael S., Ed. – 2000
This monograph describes a professional development model that supports educators and families in learning and growing together. It offers a theoretical framework and practical guidance for renewing the capacity of schools to produce positive results for all children. It embraces principles of collegiality, inquiry, learning, and community. Part…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Collegiality, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change
Sparks, Dennis – 2002
This book examines how to generate successful professional development programs. There are 14 chapters in five parts. Part 1, "Set the Stage for Powerful Professional Learning," includes: (1) "The Case for Powerful Professional Learning"; (2) "Stretch Goals, Deep Change, and a Compelling Vision"; and (3) "A…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership
Shaughnessy, Joan – 1998
This guide answers three basic questions on how to develop a professional community of learners: (1) What type of polices, structures, and procedures will help staff to connect with and learn from one another? (2) What incentives help schools to undertake community-wide learning? and (3) How can schools transform themselves into professional…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education