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Gioe, Lisa M. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This dissertation explored the beliefs of five members of a nascent professional learning community for middle school science teachers over the first semester of its existence. A professional learning community is a place for colleagues to voice and hear beliefs, and is particularly conducive to fostering the development of one's own beliefs.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Science Instruction
Passi, Gaurav – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the professional learning community dimensions of a focus on learning, shared vision, collaborative culture, supportive structures and their impact on student achievement. Additionally, this study explored training in professional learning community principles as a moderating variable and the practice of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Learning, Teacher Collaboration
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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
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Brown, Frederick; Psencik, Kay – Learning Professional, 2017
Principals who pay attention to their own learning serve as models for others. What principals do every day, how they view and value student and educator learning, how they organize their staff into learning communities, and the designs they support for those teams to learn make a significant difference in the learning of those they serve. In this…
Descriptors: Principals, Role Models, Administrator Behavior, Administrator Education
Plonczak, Irene; Brooks, Jacqueline Grennon; Wilson, Gloria Lodato; Elijah, Rosebud; Caliendo, Julia – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
STEM Studio at Hofstra University is a clinical practice site that brings together public school pupils and preservice teachers in settings with three features that lead to enhanced learning of all participants: classroom structures using multidisciplinary STEM tasks as platforms for learning; design challenge templates for diverse student…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Preservice Teachers, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lewis, Steven – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2017
This paper examines the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) "PISA for Schools," a new variant of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) that compares school-level performance on reading, math and science with international schooling systems (e.g., Shanghai-China, Finland). Specifically, I…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment
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Adams, Adrian – Journal for Leadership and Instruction, 2016
This study was designed to analyze non-principal staff supervisors' perceptions of PLC efforts, encouragements, and activities in the six dimensions of a professional learning community (PLC) characterized as shared and supportive leadership, shared values and vision, collaborative culture, a focus on learning, supportive relationships, and…
Descriptors: Supervisors, Administrator Attitudes, Communities of Practice, High Schools
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Giles, Corrie; Hargreaves, Andy – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2006
Background: Implicitly, innovative schools have historically contained some (but not usually all) of the properties of learning organizations and professional learning communities but have a weak record of sustaining success over time. Can innovative schools that self-consciously establish themselves as learning organizations and professional…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Success
Katz, Marc – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have been used as a format for encouraging formal collaboration among teachers. The topic of the completed study is the perceptions of special education teachers regarding how special education PLCs meet formal collaboration needs, particularly in terms of isolation. The problem is that special education…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Communities of Practice, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration
Amos, Jennifer L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The introspective, cognitive act of reflection is linked with professional growth for teachers (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 2010; National Council on Teaching America's Future, 2009; Learning Forward, 2009). However, current federal, state, and local mandates, policies, structures, and procedures in schools do not always…
Descriptors: Reflection, Faculty Development, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Competencies
Bourne, Wendy A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
School leaders must ensure the schools meet U.S. federal and state guidelines; thereby increasing test scores, as stipulated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandates (Sloan, 2007). Increased student achievement continues to be the focus of state education departments because the number of students graduating from high school decreased and…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement
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James-Wilson, Sonia; Hancock, Michele – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
Teachers are leaders when they function in professional learning communities to affect student learning, contribute to school improvement, inspire excellence in practice, and empower stakeholders to participate in educational improvement. From an equity perspective, teachers also lead when they serve as change agents who collaborate to use…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training
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Mastrorilli, Tara M.; Harnett, Susanne; Zhu, Jing – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2014
The "Arts Achieve: Impacting Student Success in the Arts" project involves a partnership between the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and five of the city's premier arts organizations. "Arts Achieve" provides intensive and targeted professional development to arts teachers over a three-year period. The goal of the…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Art Education, Professional Development, Art Teachers
Steele, Gayle – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Because of public concern over the effectiveness of our schools, a new evaluation system was put in place to hold principals and teachers directly accountable for student academic achievement. Part of this evaluation included student performance on state assessments. The purpose of this qualitative study sought to examine how the transformation…
Descriptors: Principals, Transformational Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Attitudes