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Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; LeBard, Linda; Waters, Charlotte – Science and Children, 2010
Devoting time to a professional learning community (PLC) can be frustrating or rewarding. The authors have experienced both of these outcomes and can share processes that may help make your PLC one that enriches your professional growth and improves your students' learning. In this article they provide guidelines to make your experience…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Guidelines, Group Dynamics
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Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Deuel, Angie; Slavit, David; Kennedy, Anne – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2010
Collaborative inquiry groups, such as professional learning communities and lesson study groups, are proliferating in schools across the United States. In whatever form, the potential for impacting student learning through this collaborative work is expanded or limited by the nature of teachers' conversations. Polite, congenial conversations…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development
Kennedy, Anne; Deuel, Angie; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Slavit, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
Through the process of initiating, implementing, and sustaining a schoolwide professional learning community (PLC), teachers and administrators at the pseudonymous Silver Valley Middle School provide a powerful example of distributed leadership in action. New leadership roles, coordination, and interdependency among staff have led to an increased…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Leadership, Power Structure
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Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Slavit, David – Journal of In-service Education, 2007
This article presents five case studies of grade six to grade eight science and mathematics teachers engaged in supported collaborative inquiry. The research focus is on teachers' growth trajectories related to their participation in professional learning communities supported through a professional development project. There were noticeably…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Science Teachers, Case Studies, Mathematics Teachers
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Nelson, Tamara Holmlund – Science Education, 2009
As professional learning communities (PLCs) are proliferating as a form of teacher professional development, it is important to understand what "PLC work" is and how it impacts teacher learning. This article reports on secondary science and mathematics teachers' participation in PLCs and engagement in collaborative inquiry. The PLC provided a…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development, Learning Activities
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Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Slavit, David; Deuel, Angie – Teachers College Record, 2012
Background/Context: Schools and districts are increasingly emphasizing evidence-based decision making as a means for improving teaching and learning. In response, professional development efforts have shifted toward situated, sustained activities that involve groups of teachers in reflective inquiry about student learning data, instructional…
Descriptors: Evidence, Teaching Methods, Grounded Theory, Science Teachers
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Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Slavit, David; Perkins, Mart; Hathorn, Tom – Teachers College Record, 2008
Background/Context: The type of professional development provided for teachers has been undergoing change from a one-time workshop approach to a more embedded, long-term, reflective, and collaborative structure. Although findings on the impact of new forms of professional development (PD) are beginning to emerge in the literature, there is little…
Descriptors: Group Structure, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers, Inquiry