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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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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
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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
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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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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Ahmed Hersi, Afra; Horan, Deborah A.; Lewis, Mark A. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This article explores the development of a professional learning community through a case study of three teachers--an ESOL specialist, a literacy specialist, and a fifth-grade teacher--who engaged in co-teaching and collaboration. The emerging community of practice offered these teachers a space to learn and problem-solve by utilizing their…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Gray, Julie A.; Summers, Robert – International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 2016
This article explores the role of enabling school structures, collegial trust, and collective efficacy in 15 pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade international, private schools in South and Central America and Mexico. While most of these schools shared an "American" curriculum the local culture and school norms affected the climate of the…
Descriptors: Private Schools, International Schools, School Organization, Trust (Psychology)
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Moon, Jodi Saxton – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case was developed for use with future school leaders in an educational setting. There are several topics of discussion that can be developed, including but not limited to policy implementation, the efficacy of professional learning communities, and improving student learning outcomes. The setting is a solidly performing middle school in the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Communities of Practice, Principals
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
Swanson, Rebecca D. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Informal STEM educators, teaching in out-of-school environments, have few opportunities for professional development. These educators often have widely varied professional backgrounds and areas of expertise, which can lead to rich opportunities for learning with and from other informal STEM educators in the context of professional learning…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Cooperative Learning, STEM Education, Informal Education
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Vanblaere, Bénédicte; Devos, Geert – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2018
Purpose: Department heads play a pivotal role in the functioning of departments in secondary schools. However, quantitative research about the role of departmental leadership for the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) in subject departments in secondary schools remains scarce. As PLCs are seen as promising contexts for…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Regression (Statistics), Foreign Countries, Departments
Ostlund, Gina – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative case study is to identify how PLCs influence the high school English teachers' practice in response to key instructional shifts within teaching standards in the Southwest United States. Legislation from the last two decades puts expectations in place that raise the bar for American students and their teachers…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Change, Academic Standards, Language Arts
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Wang, Ting – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This article presents findings of a qualitative study on school leadership and professional learning community in two high achieving senior high schools in Northeast China. The findings show that teachers participated in school-based communities of professional learning, such as Teaching and Research Groups, Lesson Preparation Groups, and Grade…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Instructional Leadership, Communities of Practice, High Achievement
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