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Cranston, Jerome – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2009
Using a naturalistic inquiry approach and thematic analysis, this paper outlines the findings of a research study that examined 12 Manitoba principals' conceptions of professional learning communities. The study found that these principals consider the development of professional learning communities to be a normative imperative within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Principals, Communities of Practice
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Kelly, Jennifer; Cherkowski, Sabre – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2015
This case study documents and interprets teachers' experiences in a professional development initiative called Changing Results for Young Readers in British Columbia. The reflections and discussions of a group of teachers in a rural school district were examined in order to understand how the participants constructed their realities relative to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Faculty Development, Rural Schools
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Ferguson, Kristen – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2013
This case study presents the struggles faced by a school administration in implementing a professional learning community (PLC) initiative without additional funds earmarked for implementation. In this case, Emily, the principal of Bayside Public School, creates a Buddy Day system for students that provides teachers with time during the school day…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Elementary Schools, Rural Schools
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Williams, Ray; Brien, Ken; Sprague, Crista; Sullivan, Gerald – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2008
Professional learning communities have become a focus of educational reform in New Brunswick. The implementation and sustainability of this reform is dependent on shifting many of the organizational and operational characteristics of the traditional bureaucratic model into those that support a learning community approach in schools. The study…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Readiness, Community, Professional Development
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Williams, Raymond B.; Brien, Ken; LeBlanc, Janelle – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2012
The outdated manner in which we operate schools is tied to a reality that no longer exists. The society for which we prepare our students has shifted from a factory to a learning organization model. If we hope to prepare our graduates for successful participation in learning organizations we must transform both the structure and culture of our…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Administration, Foreign Countries, Graduates
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Williams, Raymond B. – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2006
Economic growth in New Brunswick is increasingly dependent on the improvement of our educational system. Current initiatives to reform education and improve student performance are based on transforming the province's schools into professional learning communities (PLCs). A key factor that will determine this reform's success is the capacity of…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Leadership Styles, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership