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Robinson, Christy Willis – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The purpose of this study was to research the perceptions of teachers concerning the implementation of a PLC in a middle Tennessee elementary school district. The study contributes to the existing research on Professional Learning Communities; however, it adds to the limited amount of research on teachers' perceptions of the implementation…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Surveys, Mixed Methods Research
Joyner, Barbara – ProQuest LLC, 2017
In 1 urban Tennessee school, students in Grades 3 through 5 had not met adequate yearly progress in reading for the past 5 years. The purpose of this case study was to explore teachers' perceptions of current district-recommended teaching practice in reading. The research questions related to current instructional strategies, teaching practices,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies
Allen, Tosha Y. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study examined whether or not teacher collaboration in professional learning communities, which is a form of professional development, affected student learning in third-grade mathematics. The sample for the study consisted of 120 students (i.e., 60 students for the experimental group and 60 students for the control group). Both schools were…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 3, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development
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
Atkins, Jennifer S. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
With increased pressures on school districts to enhance student achievement, administrators are implementing professional learning communities (PLCs) as one method to improve student performance (DuFour & Eaker, 1998, Hord, 1997, Thompson, Gregg, & Niska, 2004). Educators working within a PLC experience a shared ideology, supportive…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary Education, Standardized Tests, Scores
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Porter, Marclyn D. – Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 2011
Many alternatively certified teachers, as was the case in this study, are employed as the teacher of record while simultaneously enrolled in education courses. Therefore, experiencing the collaborative, supportive, peer mentoring environmental elements that are present in many traditional "fieldwork" settings is not an option. By…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Professional Development, Beginning Teachers, Alternative Teacher Certification
Jones, Jone S. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This causal-comparative study examined the effects of the collaborative leadership style provided by professional learning communities (PLCs) on the students' Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) mean Value-Added achievement scores in language arts and mathematics. The study used twenty-nine selected middle schools in eight different…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Cooperation, Communities of Practice, Scores
Bozman, Charles E., Sr. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between the principals' leadership behavioral style, teacher' efficacious beliefs, and teachers' trust in the principal to the schools' graduation rate, the ACT and TCAP writing assessment school-wide averages, and the AYP English/reading and AYP mathematics school-wide. Working on the…
Descriptors: Writing Evaluation, Trust (Psychology), Graduation Rate, Self Efficacy
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Russomanno, David J.; Best, Rachel; Ivey, Stephanie; Haddock, John R.; Franceschetti, Don; Hairston, Regina J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2010
MemphiSTEP is a five-year STEM Talent Expansion Program at the U. of Memphis sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The project focuses on retention and persistence to graduation to increase the number of STEM majors and graduates. The project includes a summer Mathematics Bridge Bootcamp; research experiences for undergraduates;…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Summer Science Programs
Duggin, Ivan – Principal Leadership, 2004
When schools fail to improve, it is because educators do not think innovatively. What they do is largely a reflection of what they grew up with or what they were taught. Rather than do new things, they focus on working harder at the things that have produced limited success. That used to be the case at Holloway High School in Murfreesboro,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, School Effectiveness, Educational Improvement