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Smith, W. Richard – School Administrator, 2012
Sanger Unified School District in California's Central Valley had been named one of the worst 98 school districts in California. It was not only one of the worst-performing districts in a state with 1,042 districts, but it also had been flagged as one of the first to be named a program improvement district under No Child Left Behind. In this…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs
Vitcov, Barry J.; Bloom, Gary S. – School Administrator, 2010
Principal leadership is second only to teacher quality in influencing student achievement. A national effort exists to retool teacher supervision by linking student outcomes to teacher evaluation. There is growing interest in raising the level of professional practice by building local, practical, honest and collegial professional learning…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Supervision, Educational Change, Leadership
Hewitt, Kimberly Kappler; Weckstein, Daniel K. – School Administrator, 2012
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome in creating and sustaining an administrative professional learning community (PLC) is time. Administrators are constantly deluged by the tyranny of the urgent. It is a Herculean task to carve out time for PLCs, but it is imperative to do so. In this article, the authors describe how an administrative PLC…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Problem Solving, Communities of Practice, Brainstorming
Foord, Kathleen A.; Haar, Jean M. – School Administrator, 2012
Books by education experts and speakers at national professional conferences have inspired many school leaders to initiate professional learning communities (PLCs). Sustaining them effectively to raise student achievement is another matter. How can one know whether a PLC is moving toward a desired outcome? Measuring effectiveness requires an…
Descriptors: Evidence, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Educational Change
Myers, Nick; Rafferty, Ed – School Administrator, 2012
School District 54 in Schaumburg, Illinois, always viewed itself as a great school district. Unfortunately, many parents and community members in the district, located on the outskirts of Chicago, thought of it as less than stellar. Student achievement had remained stagnant for several years. Staff members were becoming increasingly frustrated and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Districts, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration
Fullan, Michael – School Administrator, 2006
If the goal is to fundamentally change the culture inside schools, people need to move beyond the superficiality of professional learning communities and focus on a system of learners. Professional learning communities are in fact about establishing lasting new collaborative cultures. Collaborative cultures are ones that focus on building the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Cooperative Learning, School Culture, School Restructuring
Schnitzer, Denise K. – School Administrator, 2005
One of the current education "buzz phrases" speaks to the creation of professional learning communities to build the capacity of staff. Learning organizations are described as "where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Leadership Training, School Districts, Public Schools
Lovely, Suzette – School Administrator, 2010
In schools around the country, Gen Xers, Millennials, Baby Boomers, and even a Veteran or two are working side by side. While anyone holding a job in this shaky economy is grateful, gratitude does not make generational clashes less difficult. Adding to the mix, many Baby Boomers initially poised for a mass exodus by 2010 are holding on for dear…
Descriptors: Baby Boomers, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Age Groups
LaFee, Scott – School Administrator, 2003
Stories of five superintendents who are trying different approaches to reach the same organizationwide goal--learning communities in their school districts. Also a first-person perspective by Illinois Superintendent Thomas W. Many on his district's early steps to achieve this goal. (Contains 11 references.) (MLF)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies, Organizational Culture
Boykin, Wesley; Dougherty, Chrys; Lummus-Robinson, Mary – School Administrator, 2010
The intensifying attention to college and career readiness of late poses many challenges for public education, but it also presents opportunities for innovative changes in the quality and type of education provided to students. To take full advantage, educators must have a clear answer to this question: What does college and career readiness mean…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Public Education, Teaching Methods
DuFour, Richard – School Administrator, 2003
Details a strategy for district improvement that establishes discernible parameters and then provides each school with the autonomy to chart its own course and lists four steps toward team engagement. Also former Principal Rebecca Burnette DuFour discusses how the central office can best promote learning communities. (MLF)
Descriptors: Central Office Administrators, Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education
Dufour, Richard – School Administrator, 2007
In the ongoing debate of the efficacy of top-down versus bottom-up strategies to improve school districts, top-down is clearly losing. Many district leaders are reluctant to champion improvement for fear of being labeled with the epithet "top-down leader," the unkindest cut of all. In this article, the author presents the change…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Leadership Responsibility, Power Structure
Dufour, Richard – School Administrator, 1998
Those who expect consultants to solve problems for schools operating under the traditional model of fragmentation and teacher isolation will be disappointed. The key to using consultants effectively is developing systematic processes that engage staff in the work of a professional learning community as they consider the ideas presented to them.…
Descriptors: Consultants, Context Effect, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education