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Shorter, Casey D. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study examined the strength and the direction of the relationship between principals' leadership behaviors and the development of professional learning communities, specifically teacher study groups. In effect, I sought to uncover principal leadership behaviors that positively affect the development of professional learning communities (PLC)…
Descriptors: Correlation, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Communities of Practice
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Maloney, Dana; Moore, Terry; Taylor, Monica – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
Four years ago, a group of teachers lingered after a district meeting, sharing a conversation about encouraging social responsibility in the school district of Tenafly, New Jersey. That conversation led to the eventual formation of a teacher study group, a grassroots professional learning community that has impacted its members and the school…
Descriptors: School Districts, Faculty Development, Study, Group Activities
Gentile, David N. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This research project explored the transition from a traditional model to a Professional Learning Community model in a NJ Middle School. The administration overcame obstacles during the transition such as scheduling conflicts, teacher apathy, and resistance. This action research study gathered data to determine how to best structure the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Scheduling, School Culture, Action Research
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Doolittle, Gini; Sudeck, Maria; Rattigan, Peter – Theory Into Practice, 2008
If professional learning communities offer opportunities for improving the teaching and learning process, then developing strong professional development school (PDS) partnerships establish an appropriate framework for that purpose. PDS partnerships, however, can be less than effective without proper planning and discussion about the aims of those…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Educational Planning, Program Development, Program Descriptions
Marx, Megan D. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine variance in mean levels of teacher self-efficacy (TSE) and its three factors--efficacy in student engagement (EIS), efficacy in instructional strategies (EIS), and efficacy in classroom management (ECM)--based on participation and time spent in professional learning communities (PLCs). In this…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Participation
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Whitford, Betty Lou, Ed.; Wood, Diane R., Ed. – SUNY Press, 2010
This book raises provocative questions about the efficacy, viability, and sustainability of professional learning communities given the current political and structural realities of public schools. The culmination of six years of research in five states, it explores real-world efforts to establish learning communities as a strategy for…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Zeppieri, Roseanne – Learning Languages, 2008
In an online interview, Giselle Martin-Kniep defines a "Professional Learning Community" (PLC) as "a forum for continually improving learning," "an organizational lifestyle change" through which all stakeholders hone their skills to promote student achievement. Participants in a PLC become "critical friends"…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Regional Schools, Action Research, Academic Achievement
Mindich, Dan; Lieberman, Ann – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2012
Teacher professional development is one of the most powerful influences on student achievement, and professional learning communities can be an excellent vehicle for high-quality PD. Mindich and Lieberman examine ways to implement effective PLCs. Education research has found that collegial work is connected to teachers' professional growth and…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Collegiality, Program Effectiveness, Educational Change
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Goduto, Leonard R.; Doolittle, Gini; Leake, Donald – Theory Into Practice, 2008
In 2004, the New Jersey Department of Education mandated that all leadership preparation programs in the state align with the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortia standards. In response, 17 preparation programs established a chapter of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. In this article, we describe how…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership, Accountability, Federal Legislation
Riley-Ayers, Shannon; Costanza, Vincent J. – Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, 2014
Local education agencies (LEAs) are working to manage and maintain commitment and enthusiasm to numerous initiatives mandated by the state to improve student success. The rapid pace of scaling up many initiatives at once often leads to relying on local administrators and educators to interpret and unpack the complexity of implementing these…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Dailey, Mary Callan – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This study addressed the gap in practice of instructional literacy, as evidenced by below-proficient literacy status by subgroups of regular education students in Grades 3-5 in an affluent suburban New Jersey public school district. The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory investigation, approached from an interpretive constructivist…
Descriptors: Achievement, Achievement Gap, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Smith, Debra; Wilson, Bruce; Corbett, Dick – Educational Leadership, 2009
It's easy for professional learning communities to become stalled at the stage of collegial discussions about improving teaching practice. The authors explore what spurs communities to progress beyond talk to collective action that brings change. Smith, Wilson, and Corbett participated in the creation of teacher learning communities in urban…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Teaching Methods, School Districts
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von Frank, Valerie – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
In Essex County, New Jersey, whose county seat is Newark, students have the option of attending one of four vocational high schools. The Essex County Vocational School District draws students from the county seeking instruction in a multitude of career and technical areas. North 13th Street Technical School is one of the four vocational options.…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
Kelly, Timothy P. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The literature clearly documents the need to improve academic achievement at all levels; and specific gaps in practice to serve this need have been identified within local New Jersey high schools. The small learning community (SLC), a specific type of professional learning community, represents an effort to improve the achievement of high school…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, High Schools, Interviews, High School Students