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Lambertson, Sherry – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
This article describes the use of standards to guide the reform of a struggling high school in Grant Michigan. The author describes the challenges and obstacles that the school was facing, and admits that school reform was difficult. Turnaround seemed impossible, but it held the promise of something larger than life: successful students who become…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Rural Schools, Low Achievement
Bacon, Alison – Online Submission, 2012
The research project will be conducted with a target focus group of six students who have been identified as struggling students in 3rd grade mathematics. The research project will study the effect of using different teaching strategies and methods to increase motivation and focus among these students. The research project will be conducted at…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Student Surveys, Motivation, Student Journals
Reeves, Dawn E. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This research is a qualitative, reflective case study regarding a cohort in the form of a district-university partnership between the Oak Park Schools in Oak Park, Michigan and the College of Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The initiators of the program envisioned a more successful urban school district by offering…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, School Districts, Universities
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Kubitskey, Beth; Rutherford, Sandra; Wylo, Bonnie; Liggit, Peggy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
In this paper, we discuss how a community of scholars came together to create assessments across science departments for the initial teacher preparation program in secondary science teaching. The steps of the process taken to meet accreditation standards are described, as well as some surprising findings from our road trip down the path of…
Descriptors: Science Departments, Science Instruction, College Faculty, Accreditation (Institutions)
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Wells, Caryn; Feun, Lindson – Planning and Changing, 2008
This article represents a study in two parts, conducted by two researchers who were interested in learning about the level of implementation of Professional Learning Community (PLC) principles at six high schools. The researchers asked the basic questions: What is being learned about the early days of transition to a PLC? What are the changes that…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Communities of Practice, Educational Principles, Educational Practices
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Wood, Richard E.; Burz, Helen L. – Journal of Staff Development, 2013
E.A. Johnson High School is located in Mt. Morris, Michigan, near Flint, where the city has felt deeply the impact of the area's economic decline. 72% of the student population qualify for free and reduced lunch. The staff was willing to make the changes necessary for success, but needed more than a book study. Many of the structures for…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Literacy Education, High Schools, At Risk Students
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DuFour, Richard; DuFour, Rebecca; Lopez, Damen; Muhammad, Anthony – Journal of Staff Development, 2006
Promises to staff usually evolve around issues of working conditions and individual autonomy, but a staff's collective commitments to students can serve as a powerful catalyst for improved professional practice. In this article, the authors present two schools--Penasquitos Elementary School in San Diego, California, and Levey Middle School in…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Formative Evaluation, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Educational Improvement
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
Engelmann, Carol A. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This dissertation serves as a call to geoscientists to share responsibility with K-12 educators for increasing Earth science literacy. When partnerships are created among K-12 educators and geoscientists, the synergy created can promote Earth science literacy in students, teachers, and the broader community. The research described here resulted in…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Earth Science, Scientific Literacy, Partnerships in Education
Montoro, Vincent – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Today's educational environment requires teachers who understand teaching and learning, have strong content knowledge, and can make connections between life experiences and the curriculum. Teachers are expected to be continually learning to improve their practice. Professional learning is essential in this process. Research on professional…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, National Standards, Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies