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Winslow, Matthew P.; Skubik-Peplaski, Camille; Burkett, Barry – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are an effective way for faculty to learn about pedagogical topics and tactics. However, less is known about how effective they are at changing the teaching practices of the faculty participants and ultimately student learning. This article describes a mixed-method study of such a transfer of knowledge. In…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration
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Courtade, Ginevra R.; Shipman, Stacy D.; Williams, Rachel – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
SPLASH is a 3-year professional development program designed to work with classroom teachers of students with moderate and severe disabilities. The program targets new teachers and employs methods aimed at supporting rural classrooms. The training content focuses on evidence-based practices in English language arts, mathematics, and science, as…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance)
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Moirao, Daniel R.; Morris, Susan C.; Klein, Victor; Jackson, Joyce W. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
The experiences in the school districts highlighted in this article clarify a set of broad goals that all professional learning communities can use to assess their effectiveness: (1) Culture; (2) Knowledge; (3) Practice; and (4) Achievement. These schools and districts have an ongoing commitment to all four goals. All of them have instituted…
Descriptors: School Districts, Goal Orientation, Faculty Development, Learning Activities
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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Stewart, Thomas A.; Houchens, Gary W. – Qualitative Research in Education, 2014
This study supports the work of Black and Wiliam (1998), who demonstrated that when teachers effectively utilize formative assessment strategies, student learning increases significantly. However, the researchers also found a "poverty of practice" among teachers, in that few fully understood how to implement classroom formative…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Workshops
Parsi, Ace – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2015
Education is a $600 billion-a-year enterprise, but the investments states make in education will not benefit students unless they are physically and mentally present in the classroom. Too many students are not. In this report, the National Association of State Boards of Education asks policymakers to promote student engagement through a suite of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teacher Role, Parent Role, Community Role
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Cook, Christopher M.; Faulkner, Shawn A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2010
Interdisciplinary teams with common planning time have been a hallmark of the middle school organizational structure since the 1960s, yet research on the effective use of common planning time is limited. This study explores how interdisciplinary teams at schools designated Kentucky Schools to Watch use common planning time, including the factors…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Case Studies, Academic Achievement
Pettet, Kent Lloyd – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the educator's perception of the optimal professional development experience. Research studies have concluded that the biggest indicator to predict student achievement is teacher effectiveness (Aaronson, Barrow, & Sander, 2007; Marzano, 2003; Sanders & Horn, 1998; Wong 2001). Guskey…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Teacher Surveys
Robinson, Jennifer B. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
In the study reported here, I explored the notion of teacher leadership as described by individuals participating in a district-wide school reform initiative, the Accelerating Student Achievement Project. Through the district-wide project, teacher leaders were identified at each of the middle and high schools to further develop the schools'…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Leadership, Leadership, Teaching Methods
Brown, Phillip A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the perceptions of co-teachers concerning their professional development needs for co-teaching and to determine the level of training they received to prepare them for co-teaching. Sixty-one co-teachers (general education teachers: n = 36, 59%; special education teachers: n = 25, 41%) in the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Team Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies
Estep, Steven A. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
The purpose of this exploratory case study was to identify, investigate, and describe factors that contributed to the academic success of Phelps High School, a rural, isolated, Appalachian high school in Pike County Kentucky. The academic index of the school in 2000 was 48% and in a six year period the academic index of the school improved to 94%.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Rural Schools, High Schools, Case Studies
Dembowski, Frederick L., Ed.; Lemasters, Linda K., Ed. – NCPEA Publications, 2006
This is the 2006 National Council of Professors of Educational Administration "NCPEA" Yearbook. This yearbook is being distributed to all of the registered participants of the 2006 NCPEA Summer Conference, to be held in Lexington, Kentucky. "Unbridled Spirit" is the motto for Kentucky, hence inclusion in the title for the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Urban Schools, Graduate Students, Andragogy