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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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Accardo, Amy L.; Kuder, S. Jay – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017
Mr. Perez and Mrs. Peterson co-teach a ninth-grade algebra class. Perez and Peterson's class includes four students with individualized education programs (IEPs). In response to legislation, such as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act (2001) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2006), an increasing number of students…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Algebra
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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
Powell, Eldridge – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The continued failure of a large, suburban, Title I high school to meet adequate yearly performance indicators as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act is a concern for school personnel, district officials, and the school community. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine whether 9th grade teachers working collaboratively, within…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Mathematics Achievement, Disadvantaged Schools, Secondary School Teachers
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
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
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
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
Legters, Nettie; Parise, Leigh; Rappaport, Shelley – MDRC, 2013
Researchers from MDRC and Johns Hopkins University partnered with Florida's Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in 2009 to launch an independent evaluation of the district's initiative to implement Ninth Grade Academies (NGAs) in every district high school. An NGA is a self-contained learning community for ninth-graders that operates as a school…
Descriptors: Career Academies, Grade 9, Program Implementation, High Schools