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Olivier, Dianne F.; Huffman, Jane B. – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
As the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process becomes embedded within schools, the level of district support has a direct impact on whether schools have the ability to re-culture and sustain highly effective collaborative practices. The purpose of this article is to share a professional learning community conceptual framework from the US,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Participative Decision Making, Instructional Leadership
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Huffman, Jane B.; Olivier, Dianne F.; Wang, Ting; Chen, Peiying; Hairon, Salleh; Pang, Nicholas – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2016
The authors seek to find common PLC structures and actions among global educational systems to enhance understanding and practice. Six international researchers formed the Global Professional Learning Community Network (GloPLCNet), conducted literature reviews of each country's involvement with PLC actions, and noted similarities and common…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Communities of Practice, Networks, Interviews
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Huffman, Jane B.; Jacobson, Arminta L. – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2003
Administered questionnaire to 83 graduate students in four educational administration courses to determine their opinions about the core processes of professional learning communities and their perceived relationships to school effectiveness and the leadership style of the principal. Finds positive association between collaborative leadership…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Leadership Styles
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Huffman, Jane B.; Pankake, Anita; Munoz, Ava – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article offers information about a district's school improvement efforts to reculture as a professional learning community, which we believe exemplifies the school and district levels of Fullan's (2004b, 2005) tri-level model. We use Fullan's eight elements of sustainability to organize the data gathered in interviews with school and district…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Accountability, School Districts, Instructional Leadership
Huffman, Jane B. – 2001
Mature and relatively less mature learning communities are examined in this paper to uncover the role shared values and vision have played in professional learning community development. It provides an overview of a 5-year, national study examining how professional learning communities within schools are created; a report of findings gathered from…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education
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Huffman, Jane B.; Hipp, Kristine A.; Pankake, Anita M.; Moller, Gayle – Journal of School Leadership, 2001
Using data from extensive interviews of 20 principals and 20 teachers, examines difference between schools with high level of readiness in development of professional learning communities and those with low level. Discusses three characteristics that account for differences: proactive principal and teacher leadership, purposeful decision-making,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Principals
Huffman, Jane B.; Hipp, Kristine A. – 2000
This study examines the preliminary results of a 5-year national study on creating communities of learners, provides findings from teachers and principals at 20 schools, analyzes characteristics of high- and low-readiness schools, and discusses the interaction of leadership, vision, values, and the conditions required for professional learning…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education
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Huffman, Jane B. – Planning and Changing, 2000
Studies one school's experience as a learning community. Discusses seven themes found to be associated with the school's learning-community experience: Leadership, responsible decision-making, systematic staff development, site-based management, collaboration, and common focus. Draws implications for research and practice. (Contains 20…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Leadership