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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
Vitcov, Barry J.; Bloom, Gary S. – School Administrator, 2010
Principal leadership is second only to teacher quality in influencing student achievement. A national effort exists to retool teacher supervision by linking student outcomes to teacher evaluation. There is growing interest in raising the level of professional practice by building local, practical, honest and collegial professional learning…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Supervision, Educational Change, Leadership
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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
Kellough, Richard D.; Hill, Phillys – Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014
The second edition of this handbook is an easily understood desk companion for new school principals and aspiring school leaders. The common-sense approach of the handbook guides new administrators through daily routines and challenges. In-service and university professionals, who provide coursework that includes a multi-topic overview of the…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Guides, Leadership Responsibility
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
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Hipp, Kristine Keifer; Weber, Paul – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2008
This article describes how ten exemplary urban school principals worked together under a Wallace Foundation Grant to advance the understanding of urban school leadership. The grant's intent was to contribute to the development of a national model for the assessment of master principals by demonstrating how building-level leadership in urban…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Grants, Instructional Leadership, Principals
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Brooks, Katie; Adams, Susan R.; Morita-Mullaney, Trish – Theory Into Practice, 2010
School-level administrators are often concerned about tertiary supports for English language learners (ELLs), such as translating signs and school documents or offering Spanish classes for their teachers. Although modeling and learning the heritage language(s) of the ESL population can be helpful, its focus on language differences can limit our…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Principals
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
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
Gregory, Gayle H.; Kuzmich, Lin – Corwin Press, 2007
Sustaining results-oriented team efforts is hard work, and achieving diversified solutions to complex issues over time requires commitment an creativity. To support the momentum of learning communities, this book provides an illustrated collection of ready-to-use tools and examples of plans in action for results-oriented faculty and staff.…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Workshops, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Strategies
Lick, Dale W.; Murphy, Carlene U. – Corwin Press, 2006
The Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG) System is a student-centered, teacher-driven process for facilitating major staff development and schoolwide change. When applied properly, it has produced extraordinary results for thousands of educators and students in schools and school districts across the country. The Whole-Faculty Study Groups Fieldbook…
Descriptors: Improvement Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Strategies, School Restructuring
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
Robbins, Pam; Alvy, Harvey – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2004
Any principal starting at a new school or taking a leadership position for the first time needs this book to help focus on the issues that are most critical to success. Drawing from research data and advice from experienced principals, the authors reveal secrets that can make or break a new school leader's career: (1) Three stages of becoming…
Descriptors: Leadership, Educational Environment, School Culture, Professional Development
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