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Strickland, Crystal Y. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the extent to which professional development practices in professional learning communities are consistent with research-based principles of effective professional development. Additionally, the study investigated potential differences in the content focus, active learning, coherence, and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Statistical Analysis, Educational Practices, Faculty Development
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Guerrero, Cristina; Shahnazarian, Armen; Brown, Michelle F. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
In this article we document our experiences as facilitators for the "Engaging All Students" professional learning community (PLC), which was implemented to help Toronto public school teachers re-engage underachieving students. These students, who are known as "marker students," are members of the school system's most…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Learner Engagement, Underachievement, At Risk Students
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Gee, Donna; Whaley, Jerita – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2016
Elementary teachers were involved in a two-year grant focused on professional development using lesson study processes to increase their understanding of mathematics content and effective mathematics pedagogy. The primary research questions focused on how 16 elementary teachers described their professional growth after being involved in lesson…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Courtade, Ginevra R.; Shipman, Stacy D.; Williams, Rachel – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
SPLASH is a 3-year professional development program designed to work with classroom teachers of students with moderate and severe disabilities. The program targets new teachers and employs methods aimed at supporting rural classrooms. The training content focuses on evidence-based practices in English language arts, mathematics, and science, as…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance)
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
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Shernoff, Elisa S.; Frazier, Stacy L.; Maríñez-Lora, Ané M.; Lakind, Davielle; Atkins, Marc S.; Jakobsons, Lara; Hamre, Bridget K.; Bhaumik, Dulal K.; Parker-Katz, Michelle; Neal, Jennifer Watling; Smylie, Mark A.; Patel, Darshan A. – School Psychology Review, 2016
School psychologists have training and expertise in consultation and evidence-based interventions that position them well to support early career teachers (ECTs). The current study involved iterative development and pilot testing of an intervention to help ECTs become more effective in classroom management and engaging learners, as well as more…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Role, Beginning Teachers, Mixed Methods Research
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Shabeeb, Lina El Ashi; Akkary, Rima Karami – Professional Development in Education, 2014
This article examines the in-house professional development program in a private school in Lebanon and the approach it adopts to train teachers on reflective practice. It identifies the contextual factors in the school that teachers perceive as supporting their professional learning of reflective practice, and investigates the teachers'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Private Schools, Reflective Teaching
Rives, Megan Bambalis – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this mixed methods research study was to examine the effectiveness of a professional development approach in increasing the knowledge and use of instructional technology in the classrooms of elementary teachers. The participants were comprised of 14 elementary teachers in a rural public education school district in the southeastern…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Technology Uses in Education
Wells, Richard H. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The intent of this exploratory study was to examine the relationship between suburban public elementary school teachers' reports of their core competencies to function in a team, and their reports of the extent to which teachers and administrators in their schools engaged in practices known to support the development of well-functioning…
Descriptors: Suburban Schools, Public Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Liu, Shih-Hsiung – Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2013
Teacher professional development (TPD) can benefit teachers in classrooms. This study contributes to an understanding of TPD processes where there is sufficient technology integration through teacher participation in a school-based community. It assesses the effectiveness of TPD and its potential problems. Qualitative research methods are used to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Elementary Schools, Professional Development
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Chizhik, Estella Williams; Chizhik, Alexander Williams; Close, Catherine; Gallego, Margaret – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2017
Student-teaching field placements play an important role in preparing teacher candidates, many of whom rate the practice as the most authentic and relevant learning experience associated with their teacher-education programs. As a part of these field experiences, teacher candidates have opportunities to learn instructional and class management…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Student Teacher Supervisors, Supervision, Performance Based Assessment
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Lee, Kar-Tin; Chalmers, Christina; Chandra, Vinesh; Yeh, Andy; Nason, Rod – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2014
This paper reports on a Professional Learning Programme undertaken by primary school teachers in China that aimed to facilitate the development of "adaptive expertise" in using technology to facilitate innovative science teaching and learning such as that envisaged by the Chinese Ministry of Education's (2010--2020) education reforms.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
Smith, Kishawn L. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
A local concern has been the effectiveness of school improvement efforts such as professional learning communities (PLCs) on student achievement. The results of this study are necessary as policy makers, school districts, administrators, and teachers aim to increase student achievement and the effectiveness of PLCs. The purpose of this study was…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Academic Achievement
Maynor, Chad Edward – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Professional learning communities (PLCs) provide schools with a tool to meet the professional development needs of their teachers through ongoing, job-embedded staff development designed to improve instruction and student learning. While research exists on the development of PLCs, there is a gap in the literature concerning the principal's role in…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Leadership Styles, Program Effectiveness, Individualized Instruction
DiNardo, Lynne M. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Professional learning communities (PLC) are one strategy aimed at facilitating teacher professional development, with a focus on increasing student achievement. This mixed methods study investigated the impact of professional learning on student achievement. A total of 6 teachers and 121 students recruited from the third and fifth grades of a…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Emergent Literacy
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