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Wasta, Michael J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Research on educators' professional learning communities (PLCs) suggest that while they often help teachers to make sense of student performance data, they tend to spend relatively little time studying what teachers actually do in the classroom. Evidence suggests that, given modest amounts of guidance and support, PLCs can collect useful data on…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Classroom Research, Classroom Environment
Brig, Leane – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Two Colorado math teachers attribute their participation in a professional learning community to their ability to achieve the highest growth scores of any tested level (3rd through 10th grade) in the three tested subjects (reading, writing, and math) in their 22,000-student school district.
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Communities of Practice, Goal Orientation, Student Evaluation
Easton, Lois Brown – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are often criticized for failing to focus on real problems of teaching and learning and for failing to deliver improvement. That is where accountability comes into play. Strategic accountability distinguishes PLCs that are effective from those that are not. Everyone knows what accountability is, but the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Strategic Planning, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Jacobson, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
Two approaches to professional learning communities, the inquiry-oriented and the results-oriented approaches, both have weaknesses. Neither adequately addresses the overall coherence of a school's efforts to improve teaching and learning. A third model, the Common Priorities approach, combines the strengths of the other two approaches and…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Educational Improvement
Plonczak, Irene; Brooks, Jacqueline Grennon; Wilson, Gloria Lodato; Elijah, Rosebud; Caliendo, Julia – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
STEM Studio at Hofstra University is a clinical practice site that brings together public school pupils and preservice teachers in settings with three features that lead to enhanced learning of all participants: classroom structures using multidisciplinary STEM tasks as platforms for learning; design challenge templates for diverse student…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Preservice Teachers, Interdisciplinary Approach
O'Keeffe, James – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
In praise of isolation: Who says professional learning communities (PLCs) are a better way? The author says the PLC trend is but the latest education fad that is not helping teachers or students. PLCs, says the author, represents an administrative, clinical ideal of collaboration. He blames legions of high-paid consultants, and says that all along…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Faculty Development, Educational Innovation, Reputation
DuFour, Rick; Reeves, Douglas – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Although many schools around the world have claimed to embrace the Professional Learning Community process, it would be more accurate to describe the current state of affairs in many schools as PLC Lite. Educators rename their traditional faculty or department meetings as PLC meetings, engage in book studies that result in no action, or devote…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Program Development
Routman, Regie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
The best way to raise achievement levels is to improve teaching; and that goal is most easily reached through a school-wide system that starts with strong, effective leadership and raises expectations for teachers and their students. Collaboration, shared goals, and the adoption of Professional Learning Communities is crucial, the author says; so…
Descriptors: Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Change
Richardson, Joan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
A solid idea coupled with savvy marketing has enabled Rick DuFour's vision of professional learning communities to revolutionize how teachers work with each other. The author of 13 books and 80 articles has presented to an estimated quarter million educators over the last eight years and is beginning to reach beyond the U.S. with books and…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Educational Practices
Farris-Berg, Kim – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
This article opens with a thought provoking question--When it comes to defining teacher leadership, how much do we limit ourselves by assuming that the way teachers work today must always be the way teachers work? The author points out that pioneering groups of public school teachers across the United States are advancing a new definition of…
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, Public School Teachers, Teacher Leadership, Partnerships in Education
Radoslovich, Julie; Roberts, Shelley; Plaza, Andres – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Committed to being a charter school with a professional learning community that empowers teachers, New Mexico's South Valley Academy (SVA) staff transformed its state evaluation process into a practitioner action research process (Anderson, Herr, & Nihlen, 2007). While teachers self-diagnose growth needs and play active roles in improving…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Models, School Law
Kennedy, Anne; Deuel, Angie; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Slavit, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
Through the process of initiating, implementing, and sustaining a schoolwide professional learning community (PLC), teachers and administrators at the pseudonymous Silver Valley Middle School provide a powerful example of distributed leadership in action. New leadership roles, coordination, and interdependency among staff have led to an increased…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Leadership, Power Structure
Thessin, Rebecca A.; Starr, Joshua P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
Teachers need to be taught how to collaborate. When the Stamford (Conn.) Public Schools introduced PLCs in the district's 20 schools, they learned of the four roles that districts play when implementing PLCs systemwide: 1) Districts must involve teachers and administrators in developing and leading the PLC process, 2) they must teach…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
Schmoker, Mike – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
This article discusses the issues that teachers have with pursuing strategies that have repeatedly failed. It re-assures teachers that there are simple, proven, affordable structures that exist right now and could have a dramatic, widespread impact on schools and achievement--in virtually any school. The author suggests that the most promising…
Descriptors: School Personnel, Educational Change, Strategic Planning, Instructional Improvement
Joyce, Bruce – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
Bruce Joyce has long been involved in efforts to develop collaborative professional inquiry. In this article, he looks back at some of those efforts in the hope that we can draw lessons from them and finally realize the vision that Mike Schmoker set forth in his February article. In the article featured on the cover of the February Kappan, Mike…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Strategic Planning, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration