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Philpott, Carey; Oates, Catriona – Professional Development in Education, 2017
Recently there has been growth in researching teacher agency. Some research has considered the relationship between teacher agency and professional learning. Similarly, there has been growing interest in professional learning communities as resources for professional learning. Connections have been made between professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy
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Brown, Benjamin D.; Horn, Rolanda S.; King, Gwendolyn – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2018
During recent decades, professional learning communities (PLCs) have enhanced education from lower grade levels through college years, with many resulting benefits. PLCs provide an environment that encourages professional development, collaboration and innovation among teachers. Research suggests positive school reform occurs when teachers…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
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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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Spencer, Elizabeth J. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
The inclusion of professional learning community (PLC) groups is now a common initiative in many districts across the country. While this step supports the professional development of teachers, an effective PLC program must go beyond just bringing colleagues together during a common time. The author recommends organizational structures for schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement
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Olivier, Dianne F.; Huffman, Jane B. – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
As the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process becomes embedded within schools, the level of district support has a direct impact on whether schools have the ability to re-culture and sustain highly effective collaborative practices. The purpose of this article is to share a professional learning community conceptual framework from the US,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Participative Decision Making, Instructional Leadership
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Schechter, Chen; Feldman, Niv – Educational Research and Reviews, 2013
The concept of a professional learning community is characterized by the networks of learning processes which exist among its members, where teachers continuously deliberate with one another on how to solve problems that relate to teaching and learning. Interestingly, whereas a growing number of studies have focused on how to promote collective…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Principals, Administrator Role, Special Education
Riveros, Augusto; Newton, Paul; Burgess, David – Canadian Journal of Education, 2012
We propose a practice-based focus for professional learning communities in schools. We start with a brief historical review of the approaches that have deemed peer collaboration as crucial for school improvement and explore how teachers' practices have been characterised in past reform initiatives. Second, we highlight the importance of "teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Educational History, Teacher Empowerment
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
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Gray, Julie; Kruse, Sharon; Tarter, C. John – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2016
This study tested the role of enabling school structures, collegial trust and academic emphasis in the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) in a low-income school district. The empirical study was based upon the perceptions of teachers and principals as provided by survey responses (N = 67 schools). While enabling school…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Trust (Psychology), Faculty Development
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Moore, Julie A. – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2018
Critical Friends Groups (CFGs) are a form professional learning community that has been used for teacher learning in K-12 environments for many years. In order to foster community and learning amongst distributed participants, CFGs are beginning to make their way online. This article describes the experience of a four-year old online CFG whose…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses
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Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle – Improving Schools, 2010
This article outlines the progress and impact of professional learning communities within, between and across schools, as part of the implementation of whole system reform in Wales. It describes the way in which professional learning communities are being developed to support improvement and change across the education system in Wales. The article…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Improvement
Pillari, Michele R. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the specific needs of the New Horizons School District when implementing professional learning communities. The findings were: (1) teachers do not have a clear understanding of professional learning communities, (2) administrators have a clear understanding of professional learning communities, (3)…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, School Districts, School Culture, Feasibility Studies
Hamilton, Jan L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study examined the impact of the Professional Learning Community model on student achievement in the state of California. Specifically, the study compared student achievement between two school types: Professional Learning Community schools and Non Professional Learning schools. The research utilized existing API scores for California schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Education, Academic Achievement, English Language Learners
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
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