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Anderson, Gary L.; Herr, Kathryn – Educational Researcher, 2011
This article takes issue with the notion that professional learning communities need to be more focused on teacher expertise through the use of online videos of lessons taught by expert teachers that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The authors argue that the use of externally developed, research-based, and standards-aligned…
Descriptors: Expertise, Evidence, Video Technology, State Standards
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Logan, Tricia; Murphy, Karen – Comparative Education, 2017
This commentary closes this special issue with the reflections from two individuals who, like many in these fields, cross the boundaries between scholar, activist and practitioner in their work with young people, teachers and wider society. They bring their experiences working with difficult pasts in the service of better futures to the…
Descriptors: Justice, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Administrator Attitudes
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Gujarati, Joan – Educational Forum, 2012
Studies have shown that teacher quality is the single greatest factor affecting student achievement. However, it is not simply enough to recruit highly qualified candidates and place them into the schools where they are needed the most; the United States needs a system to support and retain these teachers. This essay posits that school districts…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Labor Turnover, Logical Thinking, Teacher Persistence
Thiers, Naomi – Educational Leadership, 2016
Richard DuFour, a leading advocate for creating professional learning communities in schools, shares his insights on why teaching has become an "embattled profession" and the steps teachers and school leaders can take to enhance teachers' practice and their working lives. DuFour explains how recent reforms aimed at educators themselves…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Morale, Academic Achievement, Educational Change
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Piggot-Irvine, Eileen – International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, 2006
Independent reviewer evaluations of the Ministry of Education (MoE) funded Principal Professional Learning Community (PPLC) programme for experienced principals in New Zealand (NZ) suggest a highly valued and strongly supportive programme. My own critique of the programme, against criteria for "strong" professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Interprofessional Relationship, Professional Development
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Hung, David; Lee, Shu-Shing; Wu, Longkai – Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 2015
Educational innovations in Singapore have reached fruition. It is now important to consider different innovations and issues that enable innovations to scale and become widespread. This proposition paper outlines two views of scaling and its relation to education systems. We argue that a linear model used in the medical field stresses top-down…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scaling, Academic Standards, Educational Innovation
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Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2016
In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director of Learning Forward, presented the research on effective PLCs and shared her experiences in creating, assessing, and leading PLCs. This Q&A addressed questions participants had for Dr. Hirsh following the webinar. The webinar recording and PowerPoint presentation are also available.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teamwork, Accountability, Teacher Collaboration