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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 – 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