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Anderson, Gary L.; Herr, Kathryn – Educational Researcher, 2011
This article takes issue with the notion that professional learning communities need to be more focused on teacher expertise through the use of online videos of lessons taught by expert teachers that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The authors argue that the use of externally developed, research-based, and standards-aligned…
Descriptors: Expertise, Evidence, Video Technology, State Standards
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Logan, Tricia; Murphy, Karen – Comparative Education, 2017
This commentary closes this special issue with the reflections from two individuals who, like many in these fields, cross the boundaries between scholar, activist and practitioner in their work with young people, teachers and wider society. They bring their experiences working with difficult pasts in the service of better futures to the…
Descriptors: Justice, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Administrator Attitudes
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Gujarati, Joan – Educational Forum, 2012
Studies have shown that teacher quality is the single greatest factor affecting student achievement. However, it is not simply enough to recruit highly qualified candidates and place them into the schools where they are needed the most; the United States needs a system to support and retain these teachers. This essay posits that school districts…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Labor Turnover, Logical Thinking, Teacher Persistence
O'Keeffe, James – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
In praise of isolation: Who says professional learning communities (PLCs) are a better way? The author says the PLC trend is but the latest education fad that is not helping teachers or students. PLCs, says the author, represents an administrative, clinical ideal of collaboration. He blames legions of high-paid consultants, and says that all along…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Faculty Development, Educational Innovation, Reputation
Thiers, Naomi – Educational Leadership, 2016
Richard DuFour, a leading advocate for creating professional learning communities in schools, shares his insights on why teaching has become an "embattled profession" and the steps teachers and school leaders can take to enhance teachers' practice and their working lives. DuFour explains how recent reforms aimed at educators themselves…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Morale, Academic Achievement, Educational Change
Barlow, Dudley – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2005
In this article, the author discusses the professional learning communities and describes how this system helps improve schools and reduce teacher isolation. According to Richard and Rebecca Dufour, the best way to improve schools is for schools to function as professional learning communities. Under this system, teachers work in collaborative…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Educational Improvement, Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration
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Piggot-Irvine, Eileen – International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, 2006
Independent reviewer evaluations of the Ministry of Education (MoE) funded Principal Professional Learning Community (PPLC) programme for experienced principals in New Zealand (NZ) suggest a highly valued and strongly supportive programme. My own critique of the programme, against criteria for "strong" professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Interprofessional Relationship, Professional Development
Thompson, Sue C.; McKelvy, Earline – National Middle School Association (NJ1), 2007
Many middle schools do not use one of the most important strategies to improve student achievement and create socially equitable, developmentally responsive middle schools: becoming a professional learning community. This article summarizes the five disciplines which are vital for learning organizations -- systems thinking, personal mastery,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Vision, Student Leadership, School Culture
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Hung, David; Lee, Shu-Shing; Wu, Longkai – Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 2015
Educational innovations in Singapore have reached fruition. It is now important to consider different innovations and issues that enable innovations to scale and become widespread. This proposition paper outlines two views of scaling and its relation to education systems. We argue that a linear model used in the medical field stresses top-down…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scaling, Academic Standards, Educational Innovation
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DuFour, Richard – Middle School Journal (J1), 2007
It should surprise no one that there are faculties throughout North America that refer to themselves as professional learning communities (PLCs) yet do none of the things that PLCs do. Conversely, there are faculties that could serve as model PLCs that may never reference the term. A school does not become a PLC by enrolling in a program, renaming…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Middle Schools
Principal, 2011
Social networking is more than catching up with family and long-lost friends; it's turned into a professional resource for educators to exchange ideas and expand their professional learning network (PLN). According to the report "School Principals and Social Networking in Education: Practices, Policies, and Realities in 2010," most responding…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Principals, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Clark, Mary Kristen; Flynn, Perry – Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 2011
Purpose: We reflect on Alan Kamhi's (2011) prologue on balancing certainty and uncertainty as it pertains to school-based practice. Method: In schools, rational thinking depends on effective team processes, much like professional learning communities. We consider the conditions that are required for rational thinking and how rational team dialogue…
Descriptors: School Health Services, Thinking Skills, Attitudes, Decision Making
Torrez, Alex E.; Kritsonis, William A. – Online Submission, 2008
This article clearly defines the three crucial pre-implementation principles to maximize the success of Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) in large high schools. Establishing clear understanding for the need of the SLC initiative is the first of these principles. Long term commitment to a sustained plan for relevant SLC professional learning…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Administrative Principles, Design Requirements, Learning Resources Centers
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Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2016
In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director of Learning Forward, presented the research on effective PLCs and shared her experiences in creating, assessing, and leading PLCs. This Q&A addressed questions participants had for Dr. Hirsh following the webinar. The webinar recording and PowerPoint presentation are also available.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teamwork, Accountability, Teacher Collaboration
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Perry, Tonya – English Journal, 2005
Teachers make conscious decisions to form professional learning communities where they gather to work, think, and problematize, and celebrate together. Community members understand how varied connotations and needs derive from different life experiences. It is essential to remember that individuals can still claim community membership if they…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Group Membership
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