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Eaker, Robert; Keating, Janel – Journal of Staff Development, 2008
Never before has there been such widespread agreement among researchers and practitioners regarding the most promising approach to significantly improve schools. Researchers, writers, and educational organizations have all endorsed the concept of schools functioning as professional learning communities. At the same time, the concept will have…
Descriptors: School Culture, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
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Eaker, Robert; Keating, Janel – Journal of Staff Development, 2009
In recent years, educators have noted the critical role district leadership plays in school improvement efforts. While district leadership is a critical factor in all areas of schooling, it is particularly important in adult learning. Simply put, student learning is positively affected by the quality of adult professional learning, and the quality…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Adult Learning, Leadership, Faculty Development
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
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
DuFour, Richard; Eaker, Robert – 1998
This book offers recommendations for those who seek to transform their school into a professional learning community as characterized by an environment fostering mutual cooperation, emotional support, personal growth, and a synergy of efforts. References to and brief summaries of standards for curriculum, teacher preparation, school leadership,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation