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Hanson, Liz – Educational Leadership, 2011
A literacy coach describes the various components of her work and how they combine to help teachers provide more effective literacy instruction. Walk-throughs, literacy team meetings, formal coaching, professional learning communities, and regular meetings with the principal enable her to understand what teachers need and then assist teachers in…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Literacy, Teachers, Faculty Development
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
Breaux, Annette – Educational Leadership, 2016
In her years of experience studying, working with, and writing about new teachers, induction programs, and mentoring, Annette Breaux has learned that successful mentoring boils down to 10 factors. In this article, Breaux highlights those features and provides actionable takeaways for school districts and educators. She recommends embedding…
Descriptors: Mentors, Program Effectiveness, Best Practices, Educational Practices
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DuFour, Richard – Educational Leadership, 2014
The first time the author was responsible for planning a districtwide professional development day, DuFour secured a funny speaker, provided plenty of doughnuts, and made sure everyone could return to their classrooms in the afternoon. "The day was considered a huge success," he notes. "There was absolutely no evidence that the day…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Cooperation, Teamwork, Faculty Development
Gándara, Patricia; Santibañez, Lucrecia – Educational Leadership, 2016
The teacher quality gap is even more severe for English language learners than it is for low-income students and students of color, because a "highly qualified" teacher of ELLs must have special skills and abilities, write Gándara and Santibañez in this article. The authors examine how well prepared today's teachers are to provide…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction
Mandel, Kenneth; Eiserman, Terry – Educational Leadership, 2016
Too often at the high school level, teachers work in isolation, without the ability to see other practitioners at work. Team teaching offers an effective antidote: It provides a comfortable environment in which to grow because it enables teachers to learn from another professional on a regular basis. "Teaming," notes the authors,…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers
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Smith, Rich; Johnson, Marcus; Thompson, Karen D. – Educational Leadership, 2012
A low-performing California school district experienced a dramatic turnaround when faculty members began studying student assessment data and working together to ensure students had the support they needed. Sanger Unified School District began its reform journey in 2004 when district leaders launched an effort to focus deliberately on student…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Educational Change, School Districts, Low Achievement
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DuFour, Rick; Mattos, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2013
Principals are in a paradoxical position. On one hand, they're called on to use research-based strategies to improve student achievement. On the other, they're increasingly required to micromanage teachers by observing in classrooms and engaging in intensive evaluation. The authors point out that these two positions are at odds with each other. In…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Improvement, Effective Schools Research, Student Improvement
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Peterson, Deborah S. – Educational Leadership, 2013
When Deborah Peterson reluctantly accepted the principalship of Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon, a high-poverty school no other qualified applicants would touch that her supervisor assigned to her, books for new principals were no help. The books suggested actions like crafting a school vision and developing professional learning…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Poverty, Poverty Areas
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Wilhelm, Terry – Educational Leadership, 2013
Do teacher leaders in your school mainly fill the traditional roles of department chair or grade-level representative? Or do they lead their peers in collaborative teams whose primary focus is improving student learning? Terry Wilhelm, director of the School Leadership Center for Riverside County Office of Education in California, says that…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teachers, Principals, Administrator Role
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Donovan, Margaret; Galatowitsch, Patrick; Hefferin, Keri; Highland, Shanita – Educational Leadership, 2013
The "David" is Fern Creek Elementary, a small urban school in Orlando, Florida, that serves an overwhelmingly disadvantaged student population. The "Goliaths" are the mountains of problems that many inner-city students face--poverty, homelessness, mobility, instability, limited parent involvement, and violent neighborhood…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Effective Schools Research, Teamwork, Educational Practices
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Sterrett, William L.; Haas, Matthew – Educational Leadership, 2009
Although professional learning communities have gained wide acceptance as a way for teachers to support one another's learning, there is less attention paid to the need for principals to meet together to enhance learning and leadership. Three years ago Sterrett (an elementary school principal) and Haas (a high school principal in the same…
Descriptors: Principals, School Districts, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change
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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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Berry, Barnett; Norton, John; Byrd, Ann – Educational Leadership, 2007
"Our culture underestimates teachers--not only the complexity of their work, but also their potential to contribute substantively to the dialogue about school reform," write the authors of this article. Online teacher networks have the potential to transform traditional concepts of teacher leadership, enabling teachers to bond together into…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Leadership, Networks, Computer Mediated Communication
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Gutchewsky, Kim; Curran, Joanne – Educational Leadership, 2012
According to a 2010 report by ACT, "Only 31 percent of students are performing at a college-and-career reading level with respect to successfully understanding complex text" (p. 5). This statistic demonstrates what educators know: Middle and high school students face numerous challenges in reading, understanding, connecting to, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Reading Instruction, Time Management, Secondary School Teachers