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Kuehl, Rachelle – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the use of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in preservice teacher education as a tool for learning about differentiation within writing instruction. Using online dialogue journals, preservice teachers communicated with elementary students about a shared text and met in ongoing PLC groups to examine…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Individualized Instruction
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Moore, Brooke A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
The development of cultural awareness in educators ensures that culturally and linguistically diverse students receive culturally responsive practices. Because special educators already advocate for their exceptional students, they are well suited to advocate for cultural responsiveness in their schools as well. The purpose of this article is to…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Student Diversity, Special Education Teachers, Advocacy
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Gilbert, Kristen A.; Voelkel, Robert H., Jr.; Johnson, Christie W. – Journal of Leadership Education, 2018
Research suggests effective immersive simulations that rely on augmented reality enhance teachers' self-efficacy and skills (Badiee & Kauffman, 2015). However, there is a gap in the literature as studies have largely ignored their uses in educational leadership programs (Bradley & Kendall, 2015). This study investigated the relationship…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Immersion Programs, Simulated Environment, Leadership
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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
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Qiao, Xuefeng; Yu, Shulin; Zhang, Limin – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2018
In the last decade, there has been growing interest in professional learning communities (PLCs) outside mainstream Western contexts. In this paper, we provide a narrative synthesis of empirical studies of PLCs in kindergarten to 12th grade educational systems in mainland China published between 2006 and 2015. The review reveals five major emerging…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership
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Skinner, Emily N.; Hagood, Margaret C.; Provost, Mary C. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2014
This article examines the case studies of 2 middle grades professional learning communities that focused on teaching and learning with new literacies strategies. The new literacies theoretical lens that frames this study recognizes literacy as multimodal (e.g., print, image, sound) and tied to one's sociocultural identities and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Literacy, Middle School Teachers
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Felton, Mathew D.; Page, Melissa – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014
Findings from an extensive four-year program with a single cohort of elementary and early middle school mathematics instructors highlight several important themes that can inform other efforts in developing teacher leaders. The authors describe the Arizona Master Teachers of Mathematics (AZ-MTM) program as an example that supports the development…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Leadership
Reitz, Hazel – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This phenomenological case study examined the link between teacher practice within the classroom and a newly implemented middle school social studies Professional Learning Community (PLC). More specifically, the use of mandates, theories, and activities were investigated through a series of teacher interviews, classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Geography Instruction, Communities of Practice, Middle School Teachers
Archer, Kimberly Rochelle – ProQuest LLC, 2012
In the early to late 1990s, school systems throughout the United States were undergoing a rash of educational reforms as a result of public demands for holding schools accountable for student learning. Schools were searching for the reform or innovation that would help them improve student achievement. All over the country, "professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational History
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Cranston, Jerome – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2009
Using a naturalistic inquiry approach and thematic analysis, this paper outlines the findings of a research study that examined 12 Manitoba principals' conceptions of professional learning communities. The study found that these principals consider the development of professional learning communities to be a normative imperative within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Principals, Communities of Practice
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Cranston, Jerome – Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 2011
This article examines how principals describe the nature of relationships and presence (or absence) of relational trust among teachers, and between the teachers and the principal in the discourse of professional learning communities. Participants were 12 school principals from urban, suburban, and rural communities in Manitoba. In the discourse of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Trust (Psychology), Rural Schools
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Sperandio, Jill; Kong, Peggy A. – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2018
This article explored the effects of external agency on the establishment of professional learning communities (PLCs). The research was undertaken in the context of schools that have chosen to adopt the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) worldwide. The study employed a two-stage qualitative sequential design…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Advanced Placement Programs, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
Jacobson, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
Two approaches to professional learning communities, the inquiry-oriented and the results-oriented approaches, both have weaknesses. Neither adequately addresses the overall coherence of a school's efforts to improve teaching and learning. A third model, the Common Priorities approach, combines the strengths of the other two approaches and…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Educational Improvement
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
Northwest Evaluation Association, 2016
Guiding student growth minute-by-minute--aka classroom formative assessment--has a track record of boosting student and teacher engagement. Discover concrete ways leaders can support this high-impact instructional practice throughout your school or district. Learn: (1) how to clarify who owns the learning and who is responsible for the learning…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Environment, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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