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Wilson, Adrianne – International Journal of Teacher Leadership, 2016
The primary purpose of this research is to illuminate perceptions and lived experiences of secondary teachers through their involvement in a Professional Learning Community (PLC). Teachers' experiences within a PLC were examined for patterns of cultivated leadership. The second purpose of the study was to identify variables that either promote or…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Leadership, Professionalism, Secondary School Teachers
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2012
Research has shown that certain ways of teaching can make a difference in whether students learn standards-based content. Many strategies have proven to be effective in teaching literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. These strategies have facilitated blending academic and career/technical subjects to make learning more meaningful for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Secondary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Reading Instruction
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Fink, Stephen; Markholt, Anneke – Learning Professional, 2017
In her 24 years as an educator, Principal Lori Duckstein has experienced many kinds of professional development aimed at improving leadership and instruction. And, like school leaders and teachers everywhere, she has completed many one- and two-day training workshops only to return to her school and reflect on her learning in isolation. Recently,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership, Leaders
Purnell, Courtney Paschal – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The demand for virtual education is rapidly increasing due to the proliferation of legislation demanding class size limitations, funding cuts, and school choice across the United States. Virtual education leaders are discovering new ways to enhance and develop teachers to become more efficient and increase quality of learning online. Learning…
Descriptors: Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Case Studies
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Donovan, Margaret; Galatowitsch, Patrick; Hefferin, Keri; Highland, Shanita – Educational Leadership, 2013
The "David" is Fern Creek Elementary, a small urban school in Orlando, Florida, that serves an overwhelmingly disadvantaged student population. The "Goliaths" are the mountains of problems that many inner-city students face--poverty, homelessness, mobility, instability, limited parent involvement, and violent neighborhood…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Effective Schools Research, Teamwork, Educational Practices
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Taylor, Rosemarye T.; Gordon, William R., II – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
High school students who are not proficient readers struggle in content classes and often do not graduate from high school. However, they have promise to do so with well-designed and implemented reading curriculum and effective instruction. Without it, they may have difficulty competing in the global workplace (Gordon & Oliva, 2012). One…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, High School Students, Reading Difficulties, Intervention
Meles, Ora – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the implementation of a structured professional learning community model referred to as Learning Team Meetings (LTMs) on teacher practice and student achievement from the perspective of teachers and instructional leaders at high-need schools. To accomplish this purpose, a multi-site case study…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Meetings, Teaching Methods
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
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Ross, Dorene; Howie, Sheryl; Halsall, Sharen; Vescio, Vicki – Teacher Education and Practice, 2007
This qualitative study examined the experiences of 10 prospective teachers completing internships in low-income, majority-minority schools while participating in a professional learning community within the context of a course that focused on culturally responsive pedagogy. Drawing primarily from interviews and online discussions, the article…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Beginning Teachers, Reflective Teaching, Minority Groups
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Kaplan, Jeffrey S. – Theory Into Practice, 2008
This article describes an effort to create a teacher learning community in which university and local school teachers worked together to improve the teaching of writing at elementary and secondary levels. I describe how a university's National Writing Project (NWP) engaged in developing a cadre of selected teachers to share understandings about…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Writing Instruction, Communities of Practice