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Curry, Nathan Dean – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this descriptive study was be to determine if there were differences in the implementation of professional learning communities components between elementary and secondary teachers and administrators. This study examined the relationship between demographic characteristics and teacher implementation of professional learning…
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Secondary Schools, Self Efficacy, Measures (Individuals)
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Abrego, Chuey; Pankake, Anita – Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, 2011
The purpose of this mixed methods follow-up single case study was two-fold: to determine if a school district was able to sustain a professional learning community (PLC) and to identify factors that enhanced, inhibited, or promoted the sustainability of a PLC from a district-wide perspective, with particular focus on how a change in leadership,…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Trust (Psychology), Communities of Practice, Superintendents
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DeMatthews, David – International Journal of Educational Leadership and Management, 2014
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be powerful tools for school improvement but require principals and teachers to collaborate and work together. This article reports on a qualitative multi-case study focused on six elementary schools in West Texas that had been identified for having effective PLCs. Principals and teachers were observed…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Principals, Communities of Practice, Leadership Styles
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Lewis, Steven – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2017
This paper examines the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) "PISA for Schools," a new variant of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) that compares school-level performance on reading, math and science with international schooling systems (e.g., Shanghai-China, Finland). Specifically, I…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment
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Weiser, Brenda – Science and Children, 2012
For the past five years, teachers from four Houston-area school districts have joined together in a professional learning community (PLC) to improve their science teaching. Through the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the teachers strengthen content knowledge and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Environmental Education, Collegiality, Science Teachers
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
Talkmitt, Marcia Joy – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore the evolution of collaborative practices of PLCs as they emerge when using technology based formative assessment via iFAIT or innovative Formative Assessment with Instruction and Technology developed by the researcher using audience response systems and the online data compiler, Eduphoria!. This study used…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Formative Evaluation, Audience Response Systems, Mixed Methods Research
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Loving, Cathleen C.; Schroeder, Carolyn; Kang, Rui; Shimek, Christine; Herbert, Bruce – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2007
Anyone who can access the Internet can be part of the knowledge-access, knowledge-building, information-exchanging culture, regardless of location. The research presented in this article is about blogs and their use in a new teacher professional development project. Weblogs were first named and described in 1997 by Jorn Barger (Blood, 2000) and…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Publishing, Faculty Development, Beginning Teacher Induction