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Blitz, Cynthia L.; Schulman, Rebecca – Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, 2016
For more than a decade education practitioners have promoted the professional learning community (PLC) as an effective way to provide professional development to teachers. As more PLCs are established in schools and districts nationwide, education stakeholders--researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policymakers--are interested in…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development
Stoll, Louise; Louis, Karen Seashore – Open University Press, 2007
There is great interest internationally in the potential of professional learning communities for enhancing educational reform efforts and sustaining improvement. This international collection, with contributions from researchers and those leading initiatives in five countries, aims to broaden and deepen conceptions and understanding of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Capital, Faculty Development
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Mizell, Hayes – Journal of Staff Development, 2007
The National Staff Development Council (NSDC) has won recognition for the field of professional development. Researchers and education change agents acknowledge the importance of professional learning among strategies essential for reforming schools and raising teacher and student performance. The federal government, states, and school districts…
Descriptors: Teachers, Educational Change, Change Agents, Campuses
Bredeson, Paul V. – 2003
This book helps school administrators redesign the professional development model to better reflect the relevant issues and realities of today's schools. Using the metaphor of architecture, the book outlines innovative ways to create and implement such a transformation and highlights the rationale behind why these changes are so crucial. It also…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education
Gregory, Gayle H. – 2003
This book offers step-by-step activities compatible with leading differentiated instruction (DI) training materials. It uses a "one-size-does-not-fit-all" approach to faculty training, observation, and supervision for DI implementation, enabling teachers, trainers, and principals to identify their own unique strengths and concerns as…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education
Wald, Penelope J., Ed.; Castleberry, Michael S., Ed. – 2000
This monograph describes a professional development model that supports educators and families in learning and growing together. It offers a theoretical framework and practical guidance for renewing the capacity of schools to produce positive results for all children. It embraces principles of collegiality, inquiry, learning, and community. Part…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Collegiality, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change
Sparks, Dennis – 2002
This book examines how to generate successful professional development programs. There are 14 chapters in five parts. Part 1, "Set the Stage for Powerful Professional Learning," includes: (1) "The Case for Powerful Professional Learning"; (2) "Stretch Goals, Deep Change, and a Compelling Vision"; and (3) "A…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership
Shaughnessy, Joan – 1998
This guide answers three basic questions on how to develop a professional community of learners: (1) What type of polices, structures, and procedures will help staff to connect with and learn from one another? (2) What incentives help schools to undertake community-wide learning? and (3) How can schools transform themselves into professional…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education