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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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Adams, Adrian – Journal for Leadership and Instruction, 2016
This study was designed to analyze non-principal staff supervisors' perceptions of PLC efforts, encouragements, and activities in the six dimensions of a professional learning community (PLC) characterized as shared and supportive leadership, shared values and vision, collaborative culture, a focus on learning, supportive relationships, and…
Descriptors: Supervisors, Administrator Attitudes, Communities of Practice, High Schools
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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
Winfree, Linda – ProQuest LLC, 2013
As college and workplace success becomes increasingly dependent on reading, parents and educators have become more interested in how to engage students in reading. Teachers at a rural Georgia high school have reported that students are reluctant to engage in academic reading. Guided by previous research on the factors that promote or discourage…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, Learner Engagement, High School Students, Rural Schools
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Sterrett, William L.; Haas, Matthew – Educational Leadership, 2009
Although professional learning communities have gained wide acceptance as a way for teachers to support one another's learning, there is less attention paid to the need for principals to meet together to enhance learning and leadership. Three years ago Sterrett (an elementary school principal) and Haas (a high school principal in the same…
Descriptors: Principals, School Districts, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change
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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