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Green, Tanya R.; Allen, Mishaleen – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This quantitative causal-comparative study compared perceptions of professional development opportunities between high-achieving and low-achieving elementary-middle school teachers in an urban school district using the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI). A total of 271 teachers participated including 134 (n = 134) teachers from high-achieving…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Urban Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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
Archer, Kimberly Rochelle – ProQuest LLC, 2012
In the early to late 1990s, school systems throughout the United States were undergoing a rash of educational reforms as a result of public demands for holding schools accountable for student learning. Schools were searching for the reform or innovation that would help them improve student achievement. All over the country, "professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational History
Smith, W. Richard – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
In this article, the author describes how his district develops clearly focused professional learning communities (PLCs) and raises its student achievement rating from "one of the worst" to one of the best. Sanger Unified School District in California's Central Valley had been named one of the worst school districts in California. It…
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Achievement Gap, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement
Froese-Germain, Bernie – Canadian Teachers' Federation (NJ1), 2011
In this era of accountability-by-numbers, the elevated status accorded to large-scale external assessments such as the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is symptomatic of a trend towards data-driven policy initiatives in education, and the need for regular sources of outcome data to constantly feed narrow indicators of…
Descriptors: Test Results, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Accountability
Johnson, Audrey D. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to provide insight into teacher perceptions as to if and how professional learning communities (PLCs) promote and support effective professional development in a rural high school. Effective professional development should enhance pedagogy, which is defined as improving educational practices of teachers through…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Palucci, Doreen Mone – ProQuest LLC, 2010
No Child Left Behind mandates have given teachers new responsibilities in data analysis and the implementation of strategies that meet individual student needs. Providing tools and methods for data collection, managing it, and then analyzing it is now a basic need for teachers. By aligning assessments for the specific purpose of addressing…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Charter Schools, Federal Legislation, Formative Evaluation
Jaques, Shelley – ProQuest LLC, 2010
In January of 2002, President George Bush implemented the No Child left behind act that required all students to be proficient on state standards by the year 2014. One way a school district in Oklahoma met these new requirements was through the implementation of the principles of a Professional Learning Community. This case study was designed…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Federal Legislation, State Standards, Collegiality
Gillespie, Kelly P. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have shown promise as a means to meet the challenge of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. A problem that has surfaced is the inabilty of schools to sustain PLCs. This project study examined leadership characteristics of elementary school principals in selected school districts to determine how these…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Surveys, Leadership, Principals
McCallum, Salimah A. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Despite No Child Left Behind legislation, there has been little significant progress in literacy for African American and Hispanic high school students. This issue reflects a failing school system and an urgent need for educational reform in the United States. Using social cognitive theory as the conceptual framework, this qualitative study…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Literacy, Minority Group Students, Urban Schools
Reimer, Tracy Lynn – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Current federal legislation, such as No Child Left Behind and The Race to the Top, have elicited high levels of accountability for increasing student reading achievement. Professional organizations and researchers encourage educators to organize schools into professional learning communities (PLCs) to improve student learning. Despite the…
Descriptors: Creativity, Elementary Schools, Staff Meetings, Poverty
Lloyd, Tracy – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation of 2001 increased the stakes for all schools to increase student achievement by mandating all students meet or exceed state standards by 2014. A small rural school responded 5 years ago to their failure to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) by implementing professional learning communities (PLC) as a…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Communities of Practice, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Yasher, Ronald J. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The "No Child Left Behind Act" has profoundly impacted public schools throughout our country. All school personnel must work together thoughtfully and diligently to address the mandates set forth by this federal law. As reforms are initiated and instructional programs are restructured, this qualitative multiple-case study examines…
Descriptors: Observation, Communities of Practice, Case Studies, Educational Legislation
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Bausmith, Jennifer Merriman; Barry, Carol – Educational Researcher, 2011
For over a decade, professional learning communities (PLCs) have been touted as an effective way to build upon the knowledge and skills of experienced teachers, yet much of the evidence base is derived from self-reports by practitioners. Although several generations of school reform (the standards movement, No Child Left Behind, and now the Common…
Descriptors: Expertise, Evidence, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change
Richardson, Michelle Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2009
As one set of responses to the increasing demands of adequate yearly progress exerted by the No Child Left Behind Act, schools have been using professional learning communities as a tool to improve academic performance. The researcher conducted this descriptive quantitative study to query principals from 40 high- and 40 low-performing elementary…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
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