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Liou, Yi-Hwa; Daly, Alan J. – Journal of School Leadership, 2014
Researchers, educators, and policymakers suggest the use of professional learning communities as one important approach to the improvement of teaching and learning. However, relatively little research examines the interplay of professional interactions (structural social capital) around instructional practices and key elements of professional…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Trust (Psychology), Network Analysis, Social Capital
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Stoll, Louise; McMahon, Agnes; Thomas, Sally – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article reports key findings from a 2-1/2-year mixed methodological study of professional learning communities, the first of its kind in England. In particular, the concept of effectiveness is explored as it relates to professional learning communities. We describe three ways in which effectiveness can be construed, arguing that any…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Identification, Faculty Development, Professional Development
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Gates, Gordon S.; Watkins, Millie – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
Teachers hold the key to school reform. Professional learning communities--as well as other related strategies, including collaborative and distributive models of leadership--offer much that is promising. Yet, weaknesses documented in research require attention. We conducted a study of teachers in two elementary schools identified as exemplary…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Teacher Collaboration, Cooperation, Educational Change
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Olivier, Dianne F.; Hipp, Kristine Kiefer – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article explores a reciprocal relationship between leadership capacity and collective efficacy in a pre-K-8 school in the Southern United States that continually advances as a professional learning community. Survey data from this mixed methodology study showed significant positive correlations among subgroup scales measuring leadership…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Leadership, Leadership Training
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Moller, Gayle – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article describes how teacher leadership emerged within schools with either a high level or a low level of readiness to establish a professional learning community. Through the perspectives of principals and teacher leaders, there were distinct differences in the emergence of teacher leadership, the operation of shared leadership structures,…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership, Principals, Professional Development
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Hargreaves, Andy; Fink, Dean – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
Distributed leadership in schools is not exclusive to professional learning communities; it is distributed in all schools, for good purposes and for bad, by design and by emergence. In this article, we describe a normative view of distributed leadership that tends to be a leadership of advocacy, and we offer a descriptive perspective that argues…
Descriptors: Leadership, Professional Development, Learning Activities, Discourse Communities
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Gerard, Libby F.; Bowyer, Jane B.; Linn, Marcia C. – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
Active principal leadership can help sustain and scale science curriculum reform. This study illustrates how principal leadership developed in a professional learning community to support a technology-enhanced science curriculum reform funded by the National Science Foundation. Seven middle school and high school principals in one urban-fringe…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Science Curriculum, Educational Change
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Huffman, Jane B.; Pankake, Anita; Munoz, Ava – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article offers information about a district's school improvement efforts to reculture as a professional learning community, which we believe exemplifies the school and district levels of Fullan's (2004b, 2005) tri-level model. We use Fullan's eight elements of sustainability to organize the data gathered in interviews with school and district…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Accountability, School Districts, Instructional Leadership
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Roy, Patricia; Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article first explores the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs) identified in the research literature. Second, it examines the staff and student outcomes derived from the implementation and integration of a PLC in a K-12 school or a university. Third, it provides suggestions for school leaders about creating and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, School Effectiveness, Professional Development
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Ertmer, Peggy A.; Richardson, Jennifer; Cramer, Jeffry; Hanson, Laura; Huang, Wenhao; Lee, Yekyung; O'Connor, Debra; Ulmer, John; Um, Eun Joon – Journal of School Leadership, 2005
Current recommendations for achieving high-quality professional development for teachers include the creation of a professional learning community. Key to the success of this approach, however, is the role of the peer mentor or coach. This study examined the experiences and perceptions of 31 professional development coaches in order to highlight…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Peer Relationship, Coaching (Performance), Mentors
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Brown, Kathleen M.; Wynn, Susan R. – Journal of School Leadership, 2007
Beginning teachers continue to exit the classroom in alarming numbers, despite numerous recruitment and retention strategies. High teacher turnover rates result in a deficit of quality teachers and instruction; a loss of continuity and commitment; and time, attention, and funds devoted to recruitment versus support. The purpose of this empirical…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Focus Groups, Leadership Styles, Faculty Mobility
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Huffman, Jane B.; Hipp, Kristine A.; Pankake, Anita M.; Moller, Gayle – Journal of School Leadership, 2001
Using data from extensive interviews of 20 principals and 20 teachers, examines difference between schools with high level of readiness in development of professional learning communities and those with low level. Discusses three characteristics that account for differences: proactive principal and teacher leadership, purposeful decision-making,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Principals