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Barrett, Jesse Leahn – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore secondary English teachers' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of professional learning communities (PLCs), with particular focus on what they considered to be characteristics of effective PLCs. Through a qualitative study in grounded theory using individual interviews among a subgroup of ten…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, English Instruction
Rodriguez, Gabriel R. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
A growing number of schools are implementing PLCs to address school improvement, staff engage with data to identify student needs and determine instructional interventions. This is a starting point for engaging in the iterative process of learning for the teach in order to increase student learning (Hord & Sommers, 2008). The iterative process…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies, Data, Decision Making
Bozzini, Michelle D. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This qualitative study explored how elementary school principals design, implement, and sustain high quality professional development through the use of professional learning communities (PLCs) in order to enhance teaching and learning. The researcher revealed the principal's important role in the design, implementation, and sustainability of a…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Phenomenology, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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
McCullum, Charcelor Channing – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify the factors that either support or inhibit learning transfer among educators within K-12 professional learning communities (PLCs) as well as to obtain a better understanding of how adult education principles relate to teacher learning and job satisfaction within this environment. Although…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development
Abboud, Peter – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative case study was to identify and describe the strategies that California public high school principals utilized to develop a growth mindset in classroom teachers. Methodology: This qualitative case study used interviews from 12 high school principals to gain an understanding for how they supported a growth…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Public Schools
Sanderson, David Neil – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Music education scholars have questioned the effectiveness of isolated workshop and conference experiences on improving music teacher practices in the classroom. A model of professional development that potentially addresses these concerns is the professional learning community (PLC). In previous investigations of music teacher PLCs, the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Music Teachers, Faculty Development
Shumway, John Todd – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Disruptive behaviors in elementary schools are a serious concern for teachers. With mounting pressure from school district administrations, state and federal government agencies, and the communities in which these schools reside, teachers often struggle to determine the best path to achieve consistent student engagement. When inappropriate…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Positive Behavior Supports, Public Schools, Elementary School Teachers
Fernandez, Maria Clara – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to: (1) describe elementary teachers' perceptions on their preparedness to implement the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (ELA-CCSS); (2) determine how perceptions influenced changes in instructional practices; and (3) to explore ELA-CCSS implementation challenges and/or barriers in supporting teacher…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Program Implementation, English
Lachowicz, Shana – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Head Start (HS) is a nationally known program for young children and continues to serve the most vulnerable children and families. HS teachers are required to have a minimum degree status and a certain number of Professional Development (PD) hours. However, teachers continue to struggle with preparedness and effectiveness. The problem is that HS…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Questionnaires, Interviews
Grimble, Konstance L. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Attrition among new teachers with fewer than 5 years of experience was high in an urban high school in Texas. The high attrition rate is a problem for students, because high teacher turnover can result in teachers with low expertise. In this study, the conceptual framework used was Hord's professional learning community (PLC) model, which…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Mobility, Urban Schools
Kennedy, Katheryn B. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards requires developing elementary teacher content and pedagogical content knowledge of science and engineering concepts. Teacher preparation for this undertaking appears inadequate with little known about how in-service Mid-Atlantic urban elementary science teachers approach this task. The…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Academic Standards, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Davis, Wanda – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Research has indicated educational leaders have had to redefine how leadership is practiced in schools. Because of the increase of accountability measures and responsibilities of the K-12 administrator, there has been a shift in leadership from the "lone" leader to leadership including principals, teachers, and other school leaders. The…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Principals, Transformational Leadership, Interviews
Ball, Rachel Previs – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate the assessment literacy of Virginia principals and describe how principals with varying levels of assessment literacy integrate assessment leadership practices that support assessment for learning. This study investigated the differences in assessment literacy between elementary and secondary principals…
Descriptors: Principals, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Leadership
Wise, Kristi – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a best practice that has been around for decades; however, due to organizational structuring in elementary schools, teachers are allowed 30 minutes of planning time. During this time little planning or collaboration with peers is achieved. Previous research has proven that professional learning by way…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Planning, Teacher Collaboration
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