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Byrd, Tresseler S. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the perceptions of certified support staff at a Georgia middle school, focusing on their opinions of Professional Learning Communities (PLC), the roles they played in PLCs and the effect PLCs had on their professional practices. This descriptive case study utilized open-ended interviews,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Collegiality, Team Training, School Culture
Betts, Herbert Alexander, III – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between professional learning community (PLC) characteristics and levels of trust, and their impact on student academic achievement in fifth and eighth grade mathematics, based on Georgia's state academic test. This research was designed to answer the following questions: is student…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Trust (Psychology), Academic Achievement, Correlation
Kitchens, Joy C. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this mixed methods study was to explore the effects of professional learning communities on veteran teachers with three or more years of experience assigned to new grade levels or subject areas and the implications for school leaders. The specific research questions that framed the study were: (1) What do veteran teachers assigned…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Experienced Teachers, Instructional Program Divisions, Teacher Placement
Butler, Leslie Garmon – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Teacher attrition is a major problem. According to researchers at North Carolina State University, more teachers are leaving the profession than staying or entering. Accordingly, school systems in the United States find themselves in the predicament where they must hire teachers who have little teaching experience or who have not been adequately…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Labor Turnover, Teacher Attitudes, Likert Scales
Shirley, George R., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
In an effort to improve its mathematics education, the state of Georgia instituted a performance-based curriculum in the high schools during the 2008 school year. With the implementation of this new curriculum, teachers needed resources and the opportunity to collaborate regularly. The problem this project-based study addressed was how to refine a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Program Effectiveness, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment
Hamos, James E.; Bergin, Kathleen B.; Maki, Daniel P.; Perez, Lance C.; Prival, Joan T.; Rainey, Daphne Y.; Rowell, Ginger H.; VanderPutten, Elizabeth – Science Educator, 2009
This article looks at how professional learning communities (PLCs) have become an operational approach for professional development with potential to de-isolate the teaching experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The authors offer a short synopsis of the intellectual origins of PLCs, provide multiple…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Communities of Practice, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
Wise, Kristi – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a best practice that has been around for decades; however, due to organizational structuring in elementary schools, teachers are allowed 30 minutes of planning time. During this time little planning or collaboration with peers is achieved. Previous research has proven that professional learning by way…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Planning, Teacher Collaboration
Hardinger, Regina Gail – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Many educational administrators in Georgia continue to struggle with low student academic achievement and low high school graduation rates. DuFour's professional learning community (PLC) theory suggests a positive relationship between levels of PLC implementation and academic achievement and between levels of PLC implementation and graduation…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Graduation Rate
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Gray, Kimberly C.; Stockdale, Susan; Monti, Thomas – School-University Partnerships, 2012
The partnership between Kennesaw State University and Marietta Middle School, a 2012 recipient of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) "Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement," began as a year-long internship (YLI) program for teacher candidates in middle grades education at KSU.…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Teachers, Professional Development Schools, Professional Development
Graham, Janina Maria – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Today's mathematics standards require teachers to use concrete math manipulatives (CMM) to increase the proficiency of students, but many upper elementary teachers fail to use these resources. The effects of this resource disuse may decrease student learning potential and impede successful standardized test results. This case study allows leaders…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Manipulative Materials, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Mathematics
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
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2007
This paper is a response to a request asking for information on professional learning communities (PLCs) and their effect on teachers, students, and school culture. In order to respond to the request, a search for articles related to the subject was conducted using combinations of words such as "professional learning communities,"…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Research, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Achilles, Charles M., Ed.; Irby, Beverly J., Ed.; Alford, Betty, Ed.; Perreault, George, Ed. – NCPEA Publications, 2009
This volume presents the 2009 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. This year's theme is "Remembering Our Mission: Making Education and Schools Better for Students." This Yearbook contains six parts. Part 1, Invited Chapters, includes the following: (1) President's Message: Remembering Our Mission…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Personality Assessment, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Behavior
Lemons, Chandra D. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This single site qualitative study examined the issue of low student achievement in mathematics in the state of Georgia using data from the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), the Georgia High School Graduation Test, SAT scores, ACT scores and scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The purpose of the study was…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Principals, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Black, Linda; Neel, John H.; Benson, Gwen – National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, 2008
The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) and Georgia State University (GSU) developed a model for induction of new teachers in urban high need schools. A model induction program, developed over the three-year implementation period, includes: (1) The BRIDGE (Building Resources: Induction and Development for Georgia…
Descriptors: Models, Beginning Teacher Induction, Urban Education, Student Needs