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Herro, Dan – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This qualitative single case study on backward design lesson planning experiences of teachers in a professional learning community focused on gaining a better understanding of collaborative planning of standards-based learning intentions, success criteria, assessments, and activities as performed by four participants meeting daily in one high…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Lesson Plans, Teaching Experience
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Dimino, Joseph A.; Taylor, Mary Jo; Morris, Joan – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2015
These handouts, which are meant to accompany the facilitator's guide, are designed to assist professional learning communities (PLCs) in applying evidence-based strategies to help K-8 English learners acquire the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically. The facilitator's guide uses a five-step process for collaborative…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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
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Allen, David – Improving Schools, 2013
The article presents a cross-domain inquiry into schoolwide professional learning community. It examines tensions in how professional learning community is conceptualized and how it is enacted in the processes of teacher groups. Drawing on a study of contemporary theatre arts practices, it proposes a model of collective creation that highlights…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Theater Arts, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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
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Harris, Emily; Rosenman, Amelia – Science and Children, 2017
Teachers who participate in the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) at the California Academy of Sciences commit to intensive professional development--that is, two two-week summer sessions, four evening workshops, and four Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings throughout each school year--focused on creating more…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Summer Programs, Workshops, Communities of Practice
Ellwood, Cheryl Kathryn – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Professional learning communities and teacher efficacy are at the core of many of the current educational reform models. The intention of this dissertation was to identify the correlation between professional learning communities and collective teacher efficacy for math data teams in the six Kaua'i Complex Area secondary schools, as measured by…
Descriptors: Correlation, Mathematics, Professional Development, Teacher Attitudes
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Green, Tanya R.; Allen, Mishaleen – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This quantitative causal-comparative study compared perceptions of professional development opportunities between high-achieving and low-achieving elementary-middle school teachers in an urban school district using the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI). A total of 271 teachers participated including 134 (n = 134) teachers from high-achieving…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Urban Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Ngalawa, Athanas; Simmt, Elaine; Glanfield, Florence – Global Education Review, 2015
This article describes a qualitative exploration of a primary school in a remote rural community of Tanzania, whose students showed promising performance in mathematics, as measured by the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). Case study methods were used to conduct research about the school and the community and included interviews, focus…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Educational Improvement, School Community Relationship, Case Studies
Roberts, Benjamin A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine if a significant difference in the degree of teamness in high school teams whose schools have strong evidence of the five dimensions of a Professional Learning Community, compared to high school teams in schools that do not have strong evidence of the five dimensions of a Professional Learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teamwork
Johnson, Eric – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC), as described by DuFour (2006), has depended upon a balance between teacher buy-in and administrative fiat. The tension between the "bottom-up" character of the former and the "top-down" character of the latter presents a leadership challenge: meeting students' learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Instructional Leadership, Participative Decision Making, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Cox, Robyn; O'Brien, Katherine; Walsh, Maureen; West, Helen – English in Australia, 2015
This paper reports on a 10 week vocabulary focused intervention based on the Word Generation program (Snow, 2002, 2010; SERP, 2011) in primary and secondary schools, which demonstrated clear improvements, particularly with students who are EAL/D learners. Teachers across English, Science, Maths and Social Sciences developed professional learning…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Secondary School Students, Academic Discourse, Intervention
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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Reinholz, Daniel L. – International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
Graduate student instructors (henceforth, instructors) play a crucial role in teaching early STEM courses. Thus, professional development for these instructors addresses an urgent need to improve STEM student success. This paper focuses on a semester-long professional learning community in which six mathematics graduate student instructors engaged…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Teachers, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Winslow, Matthew P.; Skubik-Peplaski, Camille; Burkett, Barry – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are an effective way for faculty to learn about pedagogical topics and tactics. However, less is known about how effective they are at changing the teaching practices of the faculty participants and ultimately student learning. This article describes a mixed-method study of such a transfer of knowledge. In…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration
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