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Carpenter, Dan – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this reputation-based, multiple-site case study was to explore professional learning communities' impact on teacher classroom practice. The goal of this research was to describe the administrator and teachers' perceptions with respect to professional learning communities as it related to teacher practice in their school. Educators…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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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
Dilmar, Amy D. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Despite millions of dollars spent on reform efforts, effective and sustainable improvement still eludes schools. The appropriate development of the professional learning community model, including five key dimensions, provides a structure for educational institutions to bring about sustainable improvements in student achievement. If principals do…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Principals, Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research
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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
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
Gammill, Deidra MacLellan – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This two-phase sequential mixed methods study examined the relationship between professional development, whether in the form of traditional professional development, a professional learning community and/or lesson study, and teacher self-efficacy and self-directed learning in order to gain a greater understanding of the role professional…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Self Concept, Mixed Methods Research
Hogg, Troy S. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The foundation of positive interpersonal relationships is trust and such relationships are needed for professional collaboration and learning to take place. Building trust, then, must be important in order to meet organizational goals and impact student success. The purpose of this survey research was to examine the relationship among teachers'…
Descriptors: State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Trust (Psychology), Principals
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Hurley, Noel; Seifert, Tim; Sheppard, Bruce – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2018
The participants in this study were teachers and students of a large school district located on the east coast of Canada. We distributed surveys to 1,514 teachers across 84 schools and received 1,423 usable surveys for a return rate of 94%. At the time of the second data collection, three years later, 1574 teachers from 78 schools agreed to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, School Districts, Factor Analysis
Monceaux, Matthew C. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have become a popular reform initiative for schools looking to increase student achievement. School district officials can find it difficult to implement and sustain Professional Learning Communities as some teachers are not accustomed to the levels of collaboration with peers involved. If implemented and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, School Districts
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Brown, Goldy, III – Education, 2016
This study investigated leadership supports provided by an elementary principal of 15 years in a high performing diverse school. Employing document analysis and interviews, the researcher gathered and analyzed data in an effort to identify those leadership strategies that could be replicated at other school sites. The study identified the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Correlation, Administrator Role, Academic Achievement
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Abrego, Chuey; Pankake, Anita – Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, 2011
The purpose of this mixed methods follow-up single case study was two-fold: to determine if a school district was able to sustain a professional learning community (PLC) and to identify factors that enhanced, inhibited, or promoted the sustainability of a PLC from a district-wide perspective, with particular focus on how a change in leadership,…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Trust (Psychology), Communities of Practice, Superintendents
Nolin, Anna P. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This study explored the role of professional learning communities for district leadership implementing large-scale technology initiatives such as 1:1 implementations (one computing device for every student). The existing literature regarding technology leadership is limited, as is literature on how districts use existing collaborative structures…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Leadership, Technology Integration
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Moirao, Daniel R.; Morris, Susan C.; Klein, Victor; Jackson, Joyce W. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
The experiences in the school districts highlighted in this article clarify a set of broad goals that all professional learning communities can use to assess their effectiveness: (1) Culture; (2) Knowledge; (3) Practice; and (4) Achievement. These schools and districts have an ongoing commitment to all four goals. All of them have instituted…
Descriptors: School Districts, Goal Orientation, Faculty Development, Learning Activities
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Dillon, Paula; Erkens, Cassandra; Sanna, Diane; Savastano, Linda F. – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
Eight school districts in Rhode Island formed the East Bay Professional Learning Community to launch a joint effort to develop a culture of assessment literacy through ongoing professional learning focused on team-specific action plans tightly aligned to school, district, and state initiatives. To accomplish this, the districts pooled their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Shared Resources and Services, Best Practices, Student Evaluation
Ransom, Minnie – ProQuest LLC, 2016
English language learners (ELL students) were not attaining and maintaining sufficient proficiency at public schools in Northern California, as measured by students' achievement scores on state and district assessments. The purpose of this quasi-experimental research was to determine whether there were differences in academic language arts…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, School Districts
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