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Ryoo, Jean; Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane – Computer Science Education, 2015
This article describes the importance that high school computer science teachers place on a teachers' professional learning community designed around an inquiry- and equity-oriented approach for broadening participation in computing. Using grounded theory to analyze four years of teacher surveys and interviews from the Exploring Computer Science…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Computer Science Education
Hamilton, Jan L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study examined the impact of the Professional Learning Community model on student achievement in the state of California. Specifically, the study compared student achievement between two school types: Professional Learning Community schools and Non Professional Learning schools. The research utilized existing API scores for California schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Education, Academic Achievement, English Language Learners
Roberts, Benjamin A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine if a significant difference in the degree of teamness in high school teams whose schools have strong evidence of the five dimensions of a Professional Learning Community, compared to high school teams in schools that do not have strong evidence of the five dimensions of a Professional Learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teamwork
Harris, Ainsley Taylor – Online Submission, 2010
During the course of this study, I examine the effective uses of professional learning communities in relation to building leadership capacity among teachers. The literature reviewed illustrates and addresses the need for teachers to see themselves, not only as professionals, but as leaders. This study addresses the effects of this much needed…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Leadership Training
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Vance, Femi; Salvaterra, Emily; Michelsen, Jocelyn Atkins; Newhouse, Corey – Afterschool Matters, 2016
A skilled workforce is critical in high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. However, the workshops commonly used to train OST staff are not adequately preparing practitioners to deliver quality programs that can benefit youth. Professional learning communities (PLCs) are a practice-focused alternative that has a track record of improving…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Communities of Practice, After School Programs, Faculty Development
Ransom, Minnie – ProQuest LLC, 2016
English language learners (ELL students) were not attaining and maintaining sufficient proficiency at public schools in Northern California, as measured by students' achievement scores on state and district assessments. The purpose of this quasi-experimental research was to determine whether there were differences in academic language arts…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, School Districts
Morr, Shelly D. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine if Professional Learning Communities in elementary schools that have strong evidence of the five dimensions of a Professional Learning Community have a higher degree of teamness than those schools that do not have strong evidence. Methodology: Using a descriptive and ex post facto study, the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Teamwork
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Baker, Jill A.; Bloom, Gary S. – Learning Professional, 2017
Many principal supervisors in the United States work in relative isolation and experience no professional development designed to support them. Over the past four years, the role of principal supervisor in Long Beach Unified School District in California has shifted from compliance and at-a-distance supervision practices to a deeply rooted…
Descriptors: Principals, Problem Solving, Management Development, Capacity Building
Smith, W. Richard – School Administrator, 2012
Sanger Unified School District in California's Central Valley had been named one of the worst 98 school districts in California. It was not only one of the worst-performing districts in a state with 1,042 districts, but it also had been flagged as one of the first to be named a program improvement district under No Child Left Behind. In this…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs
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
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Nicholson, Julie; Capitelli, Sarah; Richert, Anna E.; Bauer, Anne; Bonetti, Sara – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2016
School reform policies and school administrators are increasingly positioning teacher leaders (TLs) with the responsibility to facilitate professional learning for their colleagues. Although ample evidence exists to suggest the need for facilitators to be highly skilled for teachers' learning to be optimized, there is a dearth of research…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Networks
Vargas, Lilia A. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
California has the largest enrollment and fastest growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the country. Just as ELLs enter school with diverse academic, linguistic, cultural, and social assets, teachers also enter the classroom with varying levels of preparation, skills, experiences, and knowledge about how to meet the cultural…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Level, Curriculum Development
Flora, Terry E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This dissertation presents the findings of an exploratory, multiple-case study in which eight public secondary school teachers engaged in a professional development (PD) program centered on improving teacher instruction for English learners (ELs). The participants worked as co-teachers with teacher credential candidates, serving as both mentors…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Mentors, Team Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
Kingsley, Judy – Leadership, 2012
All across California, educators are finding that creating strong and effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at every grade level or in every subject area is not easy. It may be tempting to conclude that PLCs are one more idea that did not work. But there is solid research to support the core concepts of PLCs: (1) a focus on learning;…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Professional Development
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Smith, Rich; Johnson, Marcus; Thompson, Karen D. – Educational Leadership, 2012
A low-performing California school district experienced a dramatic turnaround when faculty members began studying student assessment data and working together to ensure students had the support they needed. Sanger Unified School District began its reform journey in 2004 when district leaders launched an effort to focus deliberately on student…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Educational Change, School Districts, Low Achievement
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