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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
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Eley, Alison – Primary Science, 2017
There are many professional development programmes on offer for primary science. The best of these involve teachers in developing practice over time, alongside engaging with theory. In this article, the author considers how working as part of a professional learning community can support a collaborative and evidence informed approach to improving…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Science Education
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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
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Kosanovich, Marcia; Foorman, Barbara – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast developed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitators Guide to support educators in the implementation of recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's. The practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that enable students to read words, relate those words to their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Guides, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction
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Kosanovich, Marcia; Foorman, Barbara – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2016
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast developed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitators Guide to support educators in the implementation of recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's. The practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that enable students to read words, relate those words to their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Guides, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction
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Luft, Julie A.; Bang, EunJin; Hewson, Peter W. – Science Teacher, 2016
Science teachers often participate in professional development programs (PDPs) to improve their students' learning. They sign up for workshops, institutes, university classes, or professional learning communities to gain knowledge and new instructional practices and to find colleagues with whom to discuss their teaching. But with so many options…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Literature Reviews
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Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; LeBard, Linda; Waters, Charlotte – Science and Children, 2010
Devoting time to a professional learning community (PLC) can be frustrating or rewarding. The authors have experienced both of these outcomes and can share processes that may help make your PLC one that enriches your professional growth and improves your students' learning. In this article they provide guidelines to make your experience…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Guidelines, Group Dynamics
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Rawding, Molly Rothermel; Call, Susan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016
Last year, Annandale Terrace Elementary School (Annandale, Virginia) began exploring professional learning communities (PLC). In this article, two of Annandale's math coaches share the school's journey. On the basis of their own reflections, the coaches conclude with some recommendations for those considering embarking on a similar journey…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Mathematics Teachers, Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development
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Sargent, Tanja C.; Hannum, Emily – Journal of Teacher Education, 2009
Teacher professional learning communities provide environments in which teachers engage in regular research and collaboration. They have been found effective as a means for connecting professional learning to the day-to-day realities faced by teachers in the classroom. In this article, the authors draw on survey data collected in primary schools…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Rural Areas, Rural Schools
Lewis, Elizabeth; Baker, Dale; Watts, Nievita Bueno; Lang, Michael – Science Educator, 2014
In this article we describe current educational research underlying a comprehensive model for building a scientific classroom discourse community. We offer a professional development activity for a school-based professional learning community, providing specific science instructional strategies within this interactive teaching model. This design…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development
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Archbald, Doug – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2016
Objective of the Case--There is a large volume of theoretical and "how to" literature on professional learning communities (PLCs), but little documenting the challenges of implementation and even less on the challenges of system-wide implementation of PLCs. This case is about the role of the central office in initiating and supporting…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, School Districts, Communities of Practice, Central Office Administrators
Keeley, Page; Mundry, Susan; Tobey, Cheryl Rose; Carroll, Catherine E. – Corwin, 2012
The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process, funded by the National Science Foundation, supports teachers in improving practice by connecting standards and research to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Designed for facilitators, this guide provides a robust set of professional development tools, templates, and designs to strengthen mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Formative Evaluation, Faculty Development, Mathematics Instruction
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Woolhouse, Clare; Cochrane, Matt – Improving Schools, 2009
This article reports on the initial findings of research carried out with a cohort of science teachers engaged in a professional development course at a northwest England university. The aim was to investigate how professional development was perceived by participants and explore the experiences of those who undertook the course. Results suggest…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Faculty Development
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James-Wilson, Sonia; Hancock, Michele – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
Teachers are leaders when they function in professional learning communities to affect student learning, contribute to school improvement, inspire excellence in practice, and empower stakeholders to participate in educational improvement. From an equity perspective, teachers also lead when they serve as change agents who collaborate to use…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training
Caven, Meghan; Checkoway, Amy; Gamse, Beth – Abt Associates, 2012
The Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiative is designed to improve academic outcomes by increasing the amount of learning time for students. Schools are expected to provide opportunities to teachers for collaborative planning and professional development as well as add time to the school day or year for instructional and enrichment…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Extended School Day, Teacher Collaboration, School Schedules
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