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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; 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