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Online Submission, 2006
This paper explores research and literature related to professional learning communities (PLCs) and describes their attributes and structures, the impact of different environments in which professional learning communities can be sustained, and the benefits for staff and students. There is consensus that PLCs can improve professional practice and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Allocation, Educational Change, School Culture
Hughes, Teresa A.; Kritsonis, William Allan – Online Submission, 2006
A Nation at Risk, Goals 2000, and No Child Left Behind are examples of external factors that compel educational leaders at local schools and districts to explore reform initiatives in order to meet federally required results. Because of political mandates to improve student learning and instruction, educational leaders are searching for…
Descriptors: Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement
Bognar, Branko – Online Submission, 2011
There is a growing literature about conducting an action research that could help achieving significant changes in teachers' practices. Although an action research can contribute obtaining improvements, this process is not straight-line and without obstacles. The text elaborates three problems the author faced with while dealing with the action…
Descriptors: Action Research, Educational Change, Change Agents, Communities of Practice