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Ippolito, Jacy; Dobbs, Christina L.; Charner-Laird, Megin – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
This article describes an initiative designed to improve the content-area literacy skills of all students at a Massachusetts high school and to demonstrate the important role teacher leaders play in bridging the various elements of school improvement efforts. Meeting students' language and literacy needs within content-area classrooms is becoming…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
Nathan, Linda – Horace, 2008
Schools that encourage teachers to do excellent work, as Boston Arts Academy (BAA) does, are "professional learning communities." A professional learning community exists when the entire faculty and staff, including the administration, work together towards a shared set of standards and assessments that are known to everyone, including…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching
Kaminski, Stacey A. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Teaching, in the 21st century is a complex vocation that necessitates high quality professional development to fortify and sustain it. As a core profession, and a critical representative of change in contemporary society, it is apparent that leaving no child behind also entails leaving no teacher behind (Stoll & Seashore-Louis, Eds, 2007).…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Models, Qualitative Research
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
Sullivan, Michael E. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study investigated the relationships between teacher collaboration practices known as working as a professional learning community (PLC) and student performance. Through a review of the current literature, an operational framework of PLCs was developed that distinguished results-oriented from inquiry-oriented PLCs. The study considered the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Predictor Variables
Cohen, Maureen – Principal Leadership, 2012
Many school leaders seek new strategies from their colleagues and education literature on how to develop and sustain a positive school culture where students feel safe and are able to reach their greatest potential in academic achievement. Leadership books focus on strategies of building professional learning communities and developing capacity…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Leadership, Values, Educational Change
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Dobbs, Christina L.; Ippolito, Jacy; Charner-Laird, Megin – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Effective and authentic communities of practice in schools have the potential to support teachers in improving their instructional practices around perennial challenges, such as improving the literacy skills of all students. But before they can achieve such goals, communities of practice take time to build, effort to sustain, and ongoing support…
Descriptors: Creativity, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement, Communities of Practice
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Nehring, James; Fitzsimons, Gray – Professional Development in Education, 2011
As the professional learning community (PLC) as a desired cultural norm gains popularity within K-12 state schools, greater knowledge of the PLC implementation process is warranted. This study reports findings from semi-structured focus group interviews with teachers in an urban/suburban high school after one year of schoolwide professional…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Change Agents, Educational Change, Professional Development
Caven, Meghan; Checkoway, Amy; Gamse, Beth – Abt Associates, 2012
The Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiative is designed to improve academic outcomes by increasing the amount of learning time for students. Schools are expected to provide opportunities to teachers for collaborative planning and professional development as well as add time to the school day or year for instructional and enrichment…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Extended School Day, Teacher Collaboration, School Schedules
Chesson, Laura S. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
As the pressure on schools to meet higher and higher expectations with less and less resources increases, educators seek to explore school models which are centered on reforms that increased the likelihood of meeting this challenge. One reform initiative which has received much attention is the utilization of teacher leadership to improve school…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Educational Facilities Design, Trust (Psychology), Academic Achievement
Glass, Don; Henderson, Bill; Barnum, Leah; Kronenberg, Deborah; Blair, Kati; Jenkins, Richard; Hurel, Nicole Agois – Online Submission, 2010
The purpose of this publication is to share models and case examples of the process of inclusive arts curriculum design and evaluation. The first section explains the conceptual and curriculum frameworks that were used in the analysis and generation of the featured case studies (i.e. Understanding by Design, Differentiated Instruction, and…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Learning Theories, Curriculum Design, Educational Technology