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Blitz, Cynthia L.; Schulman, Rebecca – Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2016
For more than a decade education practitioners have promoted the professional learning community (PLC) as an effective way to provide professional development to teachers. As more PLCs are established in schools and districts nationwide, education stakeholders--researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policymakers--are interested in…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development
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Dimino, Joseph A.; Taylor, Mary Jo; Morris, Joan – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2015
These handouts, which are meant to accompany the facilitator's guide, are designed to assist professional learning communities (PLCs) in applying evidence-based strategies to help K-8 English learners acquire the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically. The facilitator's guide uses a five-step process for collaborative…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
Stoll, Louise; Louis, Karen Seashore – Open University Press, 2007
There is great interest internationally in the potential of professional learning communities for enhancing educational reform efforts and sustaining improvement. This international collection, with contributions from researchers and those leading initiatives in five countries, aims to broaden and deepen conceptions and understanding of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Capital, Faculty Development
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Dimino, Joseph A.; Taylor, Mary Jo; Morris, Joan – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2015
This facilitator's guide is designed to assist professional learning communities (PLCs) in applying evidence-based strategies to help K-8 English learners acquire the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically. Through this collaborative learning experience, educators will expand their knowledge base as they read, discuss, share,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
Drago-Severson, Eleanor – Harvard Education Press, 2012
How can we prepare practicing and aspiring education leaders for the complex, adaptive challenges they face? In "Helping Educators Grow," Eleanor Drago-Severson presents a new approach to leadership development. Too often, she argues, we teach leadership development the same way we teach world history: just the facts. Instead, we need to…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Management Development, Capacity Building, Trust (Psychology)
Dimmock, Clive – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011
"Leadership, Capacity Building and School Improvement" provides a fresh and original perspective on the most important issues confronting today's practitioners and academics in the field of educational leadership. New and exciting concepts are introduced such as the research-engaged school of the future. While its theoretical and…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Self Efficacy
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Mizell, Hayes – Journal of Staff Development, 2007
The National Staff Development Council (NSDC) has won recognition for the field of professional development. Researchers and education change agents acknowledge the importance of professional learning among strategies essential for reforming schools and raising teacher and student performance. The federal government, states, and school districts…
Descriptors: Teachers, Educational Change, Change Agents, Campuses
Stepanek, Jennifer, Ed. – 2000
This topical series is produced twice yearly and is intended to help keep school and district administrators abreast of critical issues in mathematics and science teaching and learning. Readers will find examples of and suggestions on how to support teachers as they strive to improve classroom practices and encourage student learning. This issue…
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Adult Education, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education
Schmoker, Mike – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2006
What would make a good school even better and great schools the norm? School improvement expert Mike Schmoker answers that question and describes a sure and fast route to immensely better schools in any kind of community. Using research evidence, case studies, and anecdotes from all kinds of schools, this book identifies the most pervasive…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Study Guides, Educational Change, Academic Achievement
Lauer, Patricia A.; Dean, Ceri B. – Mid Continent Research for Education and Learning, 2004
This Teacher Quality Toolkit aims to support the continuum of teacher learning by providing tools that institutions of higher education, districts, and schools can use to improve both preservice and inservice teacher education. The toolkit incorporates McREL?s accumulated knowledge and experience related to teacher quality and standards-based…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Eaker, Robert; DuFour, Richard; Burnette, Rebecca – 2002
Simply changing the structure of a school will not produce fundamental changes. The culture, the belief system of a school, must also change. One promising strategy for substantive school improvement is developing the capacity of school personnel to function as a professional learning community (PLC). This guide provides a conceptual framework for…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cultural Context, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Collins, David; Collins, Ann – 2002
This book is intended to provide the content and structure for a group study of reading and instructional practices that advance reading achievement. The book includes concise summaries of research that reflect sound practices in reading instruction and the most current understanding of the process of reading. It pulls together much of what has…
Descriptors: Action Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, Instructional Effectiveness
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
Gregory, Gayle H. – 2003
This book offers step-by-step activities compatible with leading differentiated instruction (DI) training materials. It uses a "one-size-does-not-fit-all" approach to faculty training, observation, and supervision for DI implementation, enabling teachers, trainers, and principals to identify their own unique strengths and concerns as…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary 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
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