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Mintz, Chelsey A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this action research study was to examine the effects of implementing an online professional learning community (PLC) designed explicitly for teachers of gifted and talented (GT) English language arts (ELA) courses. The present action research (AR) is a limited mixed design study, including quantitative and qualitative elements, to…
Descriptors: Surveys, Likert Scales, Communities of Practice, Semi Structured Interviews
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Baker, Jill A.; Bloom, Gary S. – Learning Professional, 2017
Many principal supervisors in the United States work in relative isolation and experience no professional development designed to support them. Over the past four years, the role of principal supervisor in Long Beach Unified School District in California has shifted from compliance and at-a-distance supervision practices to a deeply rooted…
Descriptors: Principals, Problem Solving, Management Development, Capacity Building
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
Abboud, Peter – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative case study was to identify and describe the strategies that California public high school principals utilized to develop a growth mindset in classroom teachers. Methodology: This qualitative case study used interviews from 12 high school principals to gain an understanding for how they supported a growth…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Public Schools
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Kruse, Sharon D.; Johnson, Bob L. – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
This work explores how mindful leadership practice can inform school and district leadership specifically as it occurs in professional learning communities (PLC). When school and district leaders create PLC cultures that encourage rich thinking and intentional practice, individual and organizational mindfulness is present. As leaders work to craft…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Communities of Practice, Administrator Role, School Districts
Prince, Coryn E. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This qualitative case study examined the effect of PLCs on teacher self-efficacy, and whether the type of PLC structure on each campus affected efficacy. The overarching research question that guided the study was, to what extent does perceived teacher self-efficacy change as a result of the practice of PLCs? Participants were selected using…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Self Efficacy, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration
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
Kociuruba, Jerry P., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are a group of educators working collaboratively to improve student achievement and expand the pedagogy of the individual as well as the group. Studies on PLCs, grounded by the social constructivism theory of Vygotsky, Bandura, and Wenger, have found that collaboration and collegiality foster a positive…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Urban Schools, Teacher Attitudes
Murdaugh, Erica Charlanda Russell – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this qualitative Action Research Study was to describe eight elementary English Language Arts (ELA) teachers' perceptions of a Professional Learning Community (PLC). The teacher-participants' opinions about the PLC were used to improve the existing PLC to promote a more reflective and collaborative environment where ELA teachers…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Language Arts, Communities of Practice
Bradshaw, Elizabeth A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The paper explores if systemic implementation of collaborative practices impacts the educational culture of a school. Using the fundamental principles of Professional Learning Communities, the research analyzed what collaborative practices were implemented and if they were successful as cultural change agents. Section one discusses the different…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Public Schools, Program Implementation, School Culture
Allen, Claudette M. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Empirical research has suggested that professional learning communities (PLCs) and employee engagement have a positive impact on the school community, school culture, and academic achievement. Further research has postulated that school leadership is one of the most important ingredients in the success of schools. But do school leaders have any…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Public Schools, High Schools, School Personnel
Sanderson, David Neil – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Music education scholars have questioned the effectiveness of isolated workshop and conference experiences on improving music teacher practices in the classroom. A model of professional development that potentially addresses these concerns is the professional learning community (PLC). In previous investigations of music teacher PLCs, the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Music Teachers, Faculty Development
Glasheen, Gregory J. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This study challenges traditional professional development models, in which teachers are positioned as receptacles for knowledge and "best practices". This type of professional development devalues the local knowledge teachers possess, their theories of practice (Lytle & Cochran-Smith, 1994), and their ability to reflect on their…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Urban Schools, Charter Schools
Kotsko, Adrienne – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Simply defined, effective English Language Arts (ELA) instruction is cohesive, integrated, and requires students to think deeply. Creating such instruction is difficult, however, because of insufficient training in instructional planning and the numerous types of curricula teachers must navigate that may not align well. Therefore, new secondary…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Improvement, Language Arts, Instructional Development
Haack, Darin Marcus – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to understand how teachers experience a stance toward inquiry through participation in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). In order to meet this objective, the following questions framed this research: (1) How do individual teachers make meaning of the epistemological and dialogic aspects of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Inquiry, Teacher Attitudes
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