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Dimino, Joseph A.; Taylor, Mary Jo; Morris, Joan – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2015
These handouts, which are meant to accompany the facilitator's guide, are designed to assist professional learning communities (PLCs) in applying evidence-based strategies to help K-8 English learners acquire the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically. The facilitator's guide uses a five-step process for collaborative…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
Shasteen, James L., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which teachers in one high performing Southwestern Pennsylvania Middle School view the model and use of Professional Learning Community teams in their school with an existing survey instrument. Twenty-three of twenty-four teachers participated in this voluntary mail survey. The researcher used…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, High Achievement, Middle School Students, Communities of Practice
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Dimino, Joseph A.; Taylor, Mary Jo; Morris, Joan – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2015
This facilitator's guide is designed to assist professional learning communities (PLCs) in applying evidence-based strategies to help K-8 English learners acquire the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically. Through this collaborative learning experience, educators will expand their knowledge base as they read, discuss, share,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
Bitterman, Teresa – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine teacher perceptions of professional learning communities in three middle schools. This research examined the perceived impact of professional learning communities on teaching and on student learning. One question guided this research. "What are the teachers' perceptions of seventh grade learning…
Descriptors: Evidence, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Grade 7
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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
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Wilburne, Jane M.; Wildmann, Tara; Morret, Michael; Stipanovic, Julie – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2014
Three mid-level mathematics teachers (grades 7 and 8) and a university mathematics educator formed a year-long professional learning community. The objective was to collectively look at how they were promoting the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) (CCSSI 2010) in their classes. The monthly discussions followed an iterative cycle in which…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Grade 7, Grade 8
Sullivan, Michael E. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study investigated the relationships between teacher collaboration practices known as working as a professional learning community (PLC) and student performance. Through a review of the current literature, an operational framework of PLCs was developed that distinguished results-oriented from inquiry-oriented PLCs. The study considered the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Predictor Variables
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Graham, Parry – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
This article reports on the results of a mixed method case study investigating the relationship between professional learning community (PLC) activities and teacher improvement in a first-year middle school. Data were collected from core academic sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teachers using a professional development survey, teacher interviews,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Case Studies
Trinidad, Gucci; Patel, Deepa; Shear, Linda; Goh, Peishi; Quek, Yin Kang; Tan, Chen Kee – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2013
This paper presents case studies of two teachers at Crescent Girl's School (an all-girls high school in Singapore) who implemented strategies learned through a teacher professional development program called 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD). Policymakers often state requirements for teachers to focus on 21st century (21C) competencies without…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Single Sex Schools, Teaching Methods
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Cook, Christopher M.; Faulkner, Shawn A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2010
Interdisciplinary teams with common planning time have been a hallmark of the middle school organizational structure since the 1960s, yet research on the effective use of common planning time is limited. This study explores how interdisciplinary teams at schools designated Kentucky Schools to Watch use common planning time, including the factors…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Case Studies, Academic Achievement
Pella, Shannon – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2011
The bulk of current research on teacher professional development is focused on teacher learning in the context of teacher professional learning communities (PLCs). In teacher PLCs, groups of teachers meet regularly to increase their own learning and the learning of their students. Teacher PLCs offer a learning model in which, "new ideas and…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Faculty Development, Professional Development, Language Arts
Kite, Toby G. – ProQuest LLC, 2015
After the passing of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004, many schools began to use a Response to Intervention (RtI) model instead of the discrepancy model when identifying students with specific learning disabilities (National Center on Response to Intervention, 2011). When elementary schools adopted the RtI model, it was shown to be…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Response to Intervention, Disabilities
Murray, Vicki – ProQuest LLC, 2013
English language learner (ELL) mathematics students at a California middle school did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward state standards in 2010. The purpose of this project study was to examine 6th and 7th grade mathematics teachers' perceptions regarding differentiated instruction for ELL students' specific academic needs and to…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Individualized Instruction
Andrews, Sandra L. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Although the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that classroom teachers be highly qualified, the assumption that achieving the highly qualified endorsement equates to teacher effectiveness in the classroom is unverified. The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of teacher qualification, as defined by the NCLB Act and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4
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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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