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Ryoo, Jean; Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane – Computer Science Education, 2015
This article describes the importance that high school computer science teachers place on a teachers' professional learning community designed around an inquiry- and equity-oriented approach for broadening participation in computing. Using grounded theory to analyze four years of teacher surveys and interviews from the Exploring Computer Science…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Computer Science Education
Scholl, Steven Carl – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This study examined the relationship between the strength of Professional Learning Community dimensions and the level of Self-Direction in Learning as perceived by California State certificated elementary teachers. The Professional Learning Community Assessment-Revised recorded teacher perceptions of the strength of five PLC dimensions.…
Descriptors: Interaction, Teacher Attitudes, Correlation, Faculty Development
Haggquist, Lawrence Lee – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Purpose: Professional learning communities (PLCs) have provided a popular means by which schools have used structured collaboration to improve student outcomes. For this reason, the PLC model for collaboration has a strong reputation for helping schools achieve success. However, teachers and administrators regard the PLC efficacy differently. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Correlation, Faculty Development
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Brissenden-Smith, Kaytie; Moreno, Ana; Peloquin, Lisa; Radiloff, Judy; Wachtel, Jenna – Learning Professional, 2018
How can teachers move from working in isolation within ineffective systems to building thriving, collaborative teaching environments in which they are supported and inspired to work with their colleagues in communities focused on mutual professional growth? In the authors' work as early learning instructional coaches, they have witnessed the ways…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance), Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten
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Vance, Femi; Salvaterra, Emily; Michelsen, Jocelyn Atkins; Newhouse, Corey – Afterschool Matters, 2016
A skilled workforce is critical in high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. However, the workshops commonly used to train OST staff are not adequately preparing practitioners to deliver quality programs that can benefit youth. Professional learning communities (PLCs) are a practice-focused alternative that has a track record of improving…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Communities of Practice, After School Programs, 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
Padilla, Jennifer Lynn – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have gained attention as an effective practice for supporting teachers and developing students since their inception in the early 1990s yet there is still work to be done in developing a blueprint for effective implementation in a pervasive culture of isolation and resistance, especially in secondary…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Secondary Schools, Qualitative Research, Phenomenology
Parsi, Ace – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2015
Education is a $600 billion-a-year enterprise, but the investments states make in education will not benefit students unless they are physically and mentally present in the classroom. Too many students are not. In this report, the National Association of State Boards of Education asks policymakers to promote student engagement through a suite of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teacher Role, Parent Role, Community Role
Principal Leadership, 2013
Commitment to one another, determination to prove stereotypes wrong, and a strong belief in the power of education are the core values at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California. The school serves 2,364 students in one of the poorest communities in the country. The community celebrates its predominately Mexican-American heritage and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Poverty Areas, Urban Areas, Urban Schools
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2007
This paper is a response to a request asking for information on professional learning communities (PLCs) and their effect on teachers, students, and school culture. In order to respond to the request, a search for articles related to the subject was conducted using combinations of words such as "professional learning communities,"…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Research, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Buenrostro, Samuel – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of importance that DuFour's nine characteristics of highly effective schools have on closing the academic achievement gap on the California High School Exit Exam, as perceived by high school principals. The study also examined the strategies believed to be most important in developing…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Exit Examinations, Communities of Practice, Principals
Kafka, Tina B. – ProQuest LLC, 2006
Abundant research chronicles the backgrounds and characteristics of community college students assigned to developmental reading. Many are members of underrepresented groups and first in their families to attend college. English may not be their primary language. Developmental students often struggle with learning disabilities. Nontraditional…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Reading Teachers, Reading Instruction
Christensen, Justin – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In recent decades, researchers have made considerable contributions to the field of new teacher induction. More specifically, they have demonstrated that an effective induction program can increase teacher effectiveness and decrease teacher attrition (Ingersoll & Smith 2004; Ingersoll & Strong 2011; Villar & Strong 2007). Yet, little…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Catholic Schools, Secondary Schools, Teacher Effectiveness