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Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2009
Everyone can agree that the purpose of schools is "student learning," and that the most significant factor in whether students learn well is "teaching quality." Further, teaching quality is improved through "continuous professional learning." The context most supportive of the learning of professionals is the professional learning community (Hord…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2008
People everywhere generally agree that the purpose of schools is "student learning." Further, people are generally in agreement that the most significant factor determining whether students learn well is "teaching quality." Teaching quality is improved through "continuous professional learning." Today, the most promising context for continuous…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Professional Development, Faculty Development
Hord, Shirley M.; Tobia, Edward F. – Teachers College Press, 2011
Drawing from a wealth of research and experience, this book shows educators how to use the transformative power of professional learning in community to raise the professional stature of educators. The authors, experts in their field, provide clear steps and real-school examples with a focus on collaborative adult learning for student gains,…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Sanctions, Adult Learning, Master Plans
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Hirsh, Stephanie; Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
A school that ensures that all students--regardless of race, creed, color, socioeconomic status, gender, or disabilities--have access to and receive the highest-quality education has achieved a key measure of social justice. Since the most significant factor in whether students learn well is quality teaching, and teaching is enhanced through…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Quality, Educational Change, Participative Decision Making
Hirsh, Stephanie; Hord, Shirley M. – Principal Leadership, 2008
One of the most powerful ways for principals to extend their learning is to participate in professional learning communities (PLCs), forums that are explicitly designed to convene educators for learning so that students perform at higher levels. Principals can use PLCs to their professional advantage in two significant ways: (1) by participating…
Descriptors: Student Improvement, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Academic Achievement
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Tobia, Edward F.; Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
The occupation of teaching has many of the characteristics of a profession. It was once a calling that had the same degree of respect given to members of the clergy, but somewhere in the evolution of teaching in the United States, that sense of respect has been diminished, especially by policymakers who impose punitive actions when students fail…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Self Concept, Professional Identity, Human Dignity
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Roy, Patricia; Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article first explores the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs) identified in the research literature. Second, it examines the staff and student outcomes derived from the implementation and integration of a PLC in a K-12 school or a university. Third, it provides suggestions for school leaders about creating and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, School Effectiveness, Professional Development
Hord, Shirley M. – 1997
Effective school restructuring requires teacher motivation and action to transform knowledge about change into reality. This paper defines and describes what is meant by "professional learning community"; describes what happens when a school staff studies, works, plans, and takes action collectively on behalf of increased learning for…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement
Hord, Shirley M.; Meehan, Merrill L.; Orletsky, Sandra; Sattes, Beth – Issues...about Change, 1999
This document describes the development of an instrument designed to assess the implementation of a professional learning community among school staff. It describes the growing need for such instruments as schools increasingly deviate from traditional approaches in education in their efforts to enhance student learning. An instrument that could be…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Needs, Faculty Development, Personnel Evaluation
Hord, Shirley M. – Issues about Change, 1998
Approaches that schools can use to create a high-quality, professional, working community are provided in this journal issue. The report uses a case study to illustrate the process. A review of research reveals at least five major dimensions of the professional learning community: supportive and shared leadership, collective learning and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Faculty Development