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Brig, Leane – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Two Colorado math teachers attribute their participation in a professional learning community to their ability to achieve the highest growth scores of any tested level (3rd through 10th grade) in the three tested subjects (reading, writing, and math) in their 22,000-student school district.
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Communities of Practice, Goal Orientation, Student Evaluation
Sieveke-Pearson, Starla – Principal Leadership, 2010
Being an assistant principal can be difficult, but using a professional learning community (PLC) to explore and capitalize on the aspects of the job that give one energy can help. The author shares her experience in serving as an assistant principal in a suburban school district in Colorado that supports the professional learning and growth of…
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Professional Development, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Harding-DeKam, Jenni L.; Reinsvold, Lori; Olmos, Antonio; Song, Youngjin; Franklin, Elizabeth; Enríquez, Mariana; Higgins, Teresa – Teacher Education and Practice, 2014
The MAST-EL University and School Partnership supports a strategic infrastructure for preparing preservice and in-service teachers ensuring high quality mathematics and science instruction for English learners (ELs). The partnership in its second year consists of thirty-two in-service elementary teachers, three instructional coaches, thirty…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Partnerships in Education, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
Strand, Matt – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This is a study of teachers' authentic professional learning at a public school in Poudre School District in northern Colorado. At Polaris Expeditionary Learning School, teachers and administrators have developed a form of school-based instructional rounds referred to herein as PLC rounds (professional learning community rounds). In PLC rounds,…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Professional Development, Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement
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Jacobs, Jennifer; Koellner, Karen; Funderburk, Joanie – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Education researchers frequently seek out districts, schools, and teachers as partners for professional learning projects. They share their ambitious vision--a new model of professional learning that will support an empowered community, instructional improvement, and student achievement. The authors, along with other members of their research…
Descriptors: Researchers, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Middle Schools
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Long, Sheri Spaine; LeLoup, Jean W.; Derby, LeAnn; Reyes, Ramsamooj J. – Dimension, 2014
During a recent visiting professorship at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), it became clear that language faculty--both military and civilians--stated that they included leadership while teaching foreign languages and cultures. However, many of the same educators could not explicitly spell out their approach to doing so. This gap…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Leadership Training, Communities of Practice
Hill, Tracy A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In recent years, enrollment and overall student performance in rural schools have declined. Research shows that principals are critical to the success of a school system and that implementing a virtual community of practice (CoP) at the principal level has solved some of the issues associated with rurality in some organizations. Such…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication, Principals
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Cross, Jean – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
In 2006, the Weld County School District Re-8 in Fort Lupton, Colorado, was eager to find a way to increase teacher effectiveness and, as a result, improve student achievement. This small, semirural district about 35 miles northeast of Denver grappled with high teacher turnover (34% in 2005) and low scores on state assessments (three out of four…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Indicators, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development
Alford, Betty J., Ed.; Perreault, George, Ed.; Zellner, Luana, Ed.; Ballenger, Julia W., Ed. – NCPEA Publications, 2011
This is the 2011 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA). This Yearbook contains five parts. Part I, Invited Chapters, includes: (1) NCPEA President's Message, 2011 (Gary W. Kinsey); (2) Shadows and Images II (Lloyd Duvall); and (3) Micropolitics in the School: Teacher Leaders' Use of Political Skill…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, College Faculty, Professional Associations, Yearbooks