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Morris, Carrie Elizabeth Eubank – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Traditionally, models of instructional leadership espouse data-informed decision making in response to student assessment outcomes as one of the core school leader behaviors. In recent years, rising expectations from accountability policies and related assessment practices have myriad implications for school districts, specifically in the areas of…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Practices, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Utilization
Novak, Renata Pessoa – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This applied dissertation was designed to verify the effectiveness of professional learning communities (PLC), as it relates to the participation of administrators and teachers. Prior studies have emphasized the importance of continuing learning experiences for school administrators while working. Chiptin (2013) pointed out the importance of a…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice, Mixed Methods Research
LoScalzo, Desiree Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The student demographic in United States public schools is becoming increasingly diverse. Yet, the curriculum used in classrooms throughout the country remains largely Euro-centric. Despite research confirming that the use of culturally relevant literature can increase engagement and academic achievement, most historically marginalized students…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Preschool Teachers, Rural Schools, Communities of Practice
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Fink, Stephen; Markholt, Anneke – Learning Professional, 2017
In her 24 years as an educator, Principal Lori Duckstein has experienced many kinds of professional development aimed at improving leadership and instruction. And, like school leaders and teachers everywhere, she has completed many one- and two-day training workshops only to return to her school and reflect on her learning in isolation. Recently,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership, Leaders