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Pena, Leticia M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The researcher developed a case study using a qualitative research methodology to describe the functions of a team of math teachers in a professional learning community in a Title 1 low performing high school that led to increased student achievement. The tenth-grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) mathematics results for the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Communities of Practice, Mathematics Teachers
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Sims, Rachel L.; Penny, G. Richard – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2015
Schools are using various forms of professional learning communities (PLCs) in order to increase student achievement and improve educational practices through enhanced communication and collaboration among teachers. This study examined a PLC that had too narrow a focus and failed therefore to affect student achievement. A critical shortcoming of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Objectives, Qualitative Research
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Capraro, Robert M.; Capraro, Mary Margaret; Scheurich, James Joseph; Jones, Meredith; Morgan, Jim; Huggins, Kristin Shawn; Corlu, M. Sencer; Younes, Rayya; Han, Sunyoung – Journal of Educational Research, 2016
Sustained professional development can support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) reform. The authors describe a 3-year study of sustained professional development for 3 diverse urban schools across the salient factors of fidelity of implementation of project-based learning, development of professional learning communities,…
Descriptors: Professional Development, STEM Education, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Carmichael, Dana L.; Martens, Rita Penney – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
"This is the piece that's been missing." This reaction is common among educators engaged in AIW Iowa, an initiative that engages teachers and administrators in professional learning communities that are improving student achievement, increasing student engagement, and building a schoolwide professional culture focused on improving…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Learner Engagement, Measurement, Elementary Secondary Education
Nichols, Dionne DeShall – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have become one of the most talked about ideas in education today. Many K-12 schools are working to become PLCs in the hope that student learning will improve when adults commit themselves to talking collaboratively about teaching and learning and then take action that will improve student learning and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Action Research, African American Students
Hess, Robert T.; Robbins, Pam – Corwin, 2012
Using data for school improvement is a key goal of Race to the Top, and now is the time to make data-driven school improvement a priority. However, many educators are drowning in data. Boost your professional learning community's ability to translate data into action with this new book from Pam Robbins and Robert T. Hess. "The Data Toolkit"…
Descriptors: Data, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Teamwork
Rourke, James; Hartzman, Marlene – Principal Leadership, 2009
In 2005, Loris (SC) High School was ranked near the bottom of all high schools in South Carolina. The newly appointed principal, Trevor Strawderman, had been the school's assistant principal. He knew that literacy presented the biggest challenge at Loris: 74% of the students in 9th and 10th grade were reading below grade level. Because of the low…
Descriptors: Principals, High Schools, Academic Achievement, Exit Examinations
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Gutchewsky, Kim; Curran, Joanne – Educational Leadership, 2012
According to a 2010 report by ACT, "Only 31 percent of students are performing at a college-and-career reading level with respect to successfully understanding complex text" (p. 5). This statistic demonstrates what educators know: Middle and high school students face numerous challenges in reading, understanding, connecting to, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Reading Instruction, Time Management, Secondary School Teachers
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von Frank, Valerie – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
In Essex County, New Jersey, whose county seat is Newark, students have the option of attending one of four vocational high schools. The Essex County Vocational School District draws students from the county seeking instruction in a multitude of career and technical areas. North 13th Street Technical School is one of the four vocational options.…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
Tanner, John W. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Though the students at Appoquinimink High School (AHS) earned the fifth highest scores on DCAS Reading (among traditional public high schools), I was skeptical regarding whether these results accurately represented our students' literacy proficiency. My classroom interactions suggested that students lacked motivation toward literacy. Specifically,…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Student Motivation, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers