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Harris, Ainsley Taylor – Online Submission, 2010
During the course of this study, I examine the effective uses of professional learning communities in relation to building leadership capacity among teachers. The literature reviewed illustrates and addresses the need for teachers to see themselves, not only as professionals, but as leaders. This study addresses the effects of this much needed…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Leadership Training
Almanzar, Angel – Online Submission, 2014
This applied dissertation was designed to determine the impact a planned intervention, or participants' engagement in lesson study practices, had on teacher morale and professional learning communities within a public high school located in the Southeastern part of the United States. A review of a yearly teacher survey conducted by the district's…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Urban Schools, High Schools, Morale
Elbousty, Youness; Bratt, Kirstin – Online Submission, 2010
The examination of a large, urban, East Coast high school provides an enlightening chapter in the implementation and validation of a professional learning community (PLC) as a strategy for school improvement. The teachers of this East Coast school were accustomed to working in isolation, and the students demonstrated numerous areas of academic…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, Educational Improvement, Teamwork
Elbousty, Youness; Bratt, Kirstin – Online Submission, 2010
The term Professional Learning Community is commonplace, and it holds many meanings and suggestions. For the purpose of this essay, however, we discuss a specific Professional Learning Community (PLC) that was established in a high school, fifteen months prior to the application of a survey instrument to evaluate participants' perceptions on the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools
Bacon, Alison – Online Submission, 2012
The research project will be conducted with a target focus group of six students who have been identified as struggling students in 3rd grade mathematics. The research project will study the effect of using different teaching strategies and methods to increase motivation and focus among these students. The research project will be conducted at…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Student Surveys, Motivation, Student Journals
Miller, Queinnise; Kritsonis, William A. – Online Submission, 2009
To move toward educational excellence leaders, teachers, and district administrators must be strategic in planning for instructional success. As this planning takes place, I believe that the concept of "Professional Learning Communities" (PLC) should occupy a large space in a school strategic plan for success. Strategic planning should be viewed…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Learning Activities, Discourse Communities, Instructional Effectiveness
Malone, Anthony; Smith, Gregory – Online Submission, 2010
Over the last 2 decades, Irish schooling and society have gone through a period of significant structural and policy-driven change. To meet the emerging needs of the knowledge/learning society, schools and teachers are challenged to develop their capacities as "active learning communities". This places greater demands on teachers and…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Active Learning, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
Ruffner, Karen Blake – Online Submission, 2010
Educational reform is not easy. As school leaders search for a format that leads to improvement on many fronts concurrently, data teams is one such promising practice. The data team design not only involves sensemaking of data as evidence of effective teaching and learning, but also builds a professional learning community, distributes leadership,…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Principals, Urban Schools
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
Liebman, Howard; Maldonado, Nancy; Lacey, Candace H.; Thompson, Steve – Online Submission, 2005
This qualitative case study investigated a large, suburban, public middle school focusing on educators' perceptions of leadership within their professional learning community. Participants included the principal, administrative team, and key faculty members. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and were analyzed by hand coding and…
Descriptors: Transformational Leadership, Educational Administration, Principals, Organizational Theories
Online Submission, 2006
This paper explores research and literature related to professional learning communities (PLCs) and describes their attributes and structures, the impact of different environments in which professional learning communities can be sustained, and the benefits for staff and students. There is consensus that PLCs can improve professional practice and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Allocation, Educational Change, School Culture
Anderson, Erika – Online Submission, 2009
The problem on which this study focused was the need to organize and implement effective leadership meetings that led to improved professional collaboration. The purpose was to evaluate the use of a protocol in organizing and implementing such meetings. The research questions were framed around the four levels of the Kirkpatrick (1996) evaluation…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Planning, Program Implementation, Meetings
Blankenship, Selena S.; Ruona, Wendy E. A. – Online Submission, 2007
Due to the growing interest of school leaders in implementing learning communities as a way to build capacity for and sustain change, a better understanding of how the concepts of professional learning communities (PLCs) and communities of practice (CoPs) are related will aid educators in their quest to implement these concepts. This paper…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Comparative Analysis, Models
Hughes, Teresa A.; Kritsonis, William Allan – Online Submission, 2006
A Nation at Risk, Goals 2000, and No Child Left Behind are examples of external factors that compel educational leaders at local schools and districts to explore reform initiatives in order to meet federally required results. Because of political mandates to improve student learning and instruction, educational leaders are searching for…
Descriptors: Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement
Glass, Don; Henderson, Bill; Barnum, Leah; Kronenberg, Deborah; Blair, Kati; Jenkins, Richard; Hurel, Nicole Agois – Online Submission, 2010
The purpose of this publication is to share models and case examples of the process of inclusive arts curriculum design and evaluation. The first section explains the conceptual and curriculum frameworks that were used in the analysis and generation of the featured case studies (i.e. Understanding by Design, Differentiated Instruction, and…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Learning Theories, Curriculum Design, Educational Technology
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