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Easton, Lois Brown – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
This article describes the knowledge and skills that professional learning community members need to create a habit out of their desire. Habits serve educators as signposts of progress toward achieving their desires. They are interim indicators of a professional learning community's success. Ultimately, of course, professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Habit Formation, Professional Education, Group Dynamics
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Killion, Joellen – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
In this article, the author highlights the methodology, analysis, findings, and limitations of Marsh, J., Bertrand, M., & Huguet, A. (2015), "Using data to alter instructional practice: The mediating role of coaches and professional learning communities," "Teachers College Record," 117(4), 1-40. This exploratory research…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teachers, Data, Coaching (Performance)
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Adams, Alyson; Vescio, Vicki – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
Professional learning communities have long been considered a powerful form of collaborative professional learning, as the Learning Communities standard in Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning attests (Learning Forward, 2011). This focus on communities can engage teachers in ongoing professional dialogue and examination of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Individual Needs, Faculty Development, Elementary Secondary Education
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Easton, Lois Brown – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Adult learning is essential in schools. Learning Forward's Scholar Laureate Shirley Hord observes, "The improvement of our schools seldom results from mandates. What has become very clear is that change (its adoption and implementation) cannot occur without the provision of ongoing and long-term learning for the professionals" (Hord, 2011, p. xv).…
Descriptors: School Personnel, Communities of Practice, Adult Learning, Professional Development
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Lieberman, Ann; Miller, Lynne – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
As they write about the Learning Communities standard in "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities," authors Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller consider why communities have gained widespread attention and support and summarize the established research base about them. They also describe three contexts in…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Professional Continuing Education, Educational Practices
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Horwitz, Julie; Bradley, Janice; Hoy, Linda – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
In a professional learning community, adults learn through focused conversations on teaching practices and teacher learning to support student learning. Teachers in a professional learning community push each other's thinking and learning about teaching through questioning. While there are multiple opportunities for this critical thinking to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Kise, Jane A. G. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Consider for a moment how launching a professional learning community is similar to starting a race. Athletes know the danger of false starts--moving before the starting signal. Until recently, a false start meant that all racers returned to the blocks to begin again, their adrenalin gone, their concentration broken. Because these effects could…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement
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Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2009
Everyone can agree that the purpose of schools is "student learning," and that the most significant factor in whether students learn well is "teaching quality." Further, teaching quality is improved through "continuous professional learning." The context most supportive of the learning of professionals is the professional learning community (Hord…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Eaker, Robert; Keating, Janel – Journal of Staff Development, 2008
Never before has there been such widespread agreement among researchers and practitioners regarding the most promising approach to significantly improve schools. Researchers, writers, and educational organizations have all endorsed the concept of schools functioning as professional learning communities. At the same time, the concept will have…
Descriptors: School Culture, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
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Moirao, Daniel R.; Morris, Susan C.; Klein, Victor; Jackson, Joyce W. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
The experiences in the school districts highlighted in this article clarify a set of broad goals that all professional learning communities can use to assess their effectiveness: (1) Culture; (2) Knowledge; (3) Practice; and (4) Achievement. These schools and districts have an ongoing commitment to all four goals. All of them have instituted…
Descriptors: School Districts, Goal Orientation, Faculty Development, Learning Activities
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Hall, Bill – Journal of Staff Development, 2008
A school improvement process that relies on professionals learning in concert with each other also holds the key to developing the leadership capacity and sustainability that schools and systems so desperately need. Professional learning communities thrive when districts experience consistent leadership across the district, so succession planning…
Descriptors: Community Development, Educational Change, Leadership, Administration
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Dillon, Paula; Erkens, Cassandra; Sanna, Diane; Savastano, Linda F. – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
Eight school districts in Rhode Island formed the East Bay Professional Learning Community to launch a joint effort to develop a culture of assessment literacy through ongoing professional learning focused on team-specific action plans tightly aligned to school, district, and state initiatives. To accomplish this, the districts pooled their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Shared Resources and Services, Best Practices, Student Evaluation
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Ippolito, Jacy; Dobbs, Christina L.; Charner-Laird, Megin – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
This article describes an initiative designed to improve the content-area literacy skills of all students at a Massachusetts high school and to demonstrate the important role teacher leaders play in bridging the various elements of school improvement efforts. Meeting students' language and literacy needs within content-area classrooms is becoming…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
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Lambertson, Sherry – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
This article describes the use of standards to guide the reform of a struggling high school in Grant Michigan. The author describes the challenges and obstacles that the school was facing, and admits that school reform was difficult. Turnaround seemed impossible, but it held the promise of something larger than life: successful students who become…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Rural Schools, Low Achievement
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King, Michelle – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
Most educators probably know what it feels like to be part of an unproductive professional learning community--one where the topics range from last night's TV episodes to everyone's weekend plans before coming around to instructional issues. Other communities might just feel like another staff meeting with a list of announcements. But there are…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Active Learning, Governance
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