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Cranston, Jerome – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2009
Using a naturalistic inquiry approach and thematic analysis, this paper outlines the findings of a research study that examined 12 Manitoba principals' conceptions of professional learning communities. The study found that these principals consider the development of professional learning communities to be a normative imperative within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Principals, Communities of Practice
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
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Kelly, Jennifer; Cherkowski, Sabre – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2015
This case study documents and interprets teachers' experiences in a professional development initiative called Changing Results for Young Readers in British Columbia. The reflections and discussions of a group of teachers in a rural school district were examined in order to understand how the participants constructed their realities relative to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Faculty Development, Rural Schools
Kenoyer, Faith E. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This case study of an Egyptian school sought to explore staff perceptions of which characteristics of a professional learning community, as posited by Hord (1997), were found in ABC School's culture. Educational staff (52 (100%)) completed the School Professional Staff as Learning Community Questionnaire (SPSLCQ) and 18 (35%) educational staff…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research, Computer Software
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Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle; Caleon, Imelda Santos – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2016
This study marries collaborative problem solving and learning study in understanding the onset of a cycle of teacher professional development process within school-based professional learning communities (PLCs). It aimed to explore how a PLC carried out collaborative problem finding--a key process involved in collaborative problem solving--that…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Problem Solving, Meetings, Teacher Collaboration
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Richmond, Gail; Dershimer, R. Charles; Ferreira, Maria; Maylone, Nelson; Kubitskey, Beth; Meriweather, Alycia – Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 2017
In this paper, we present details of a partnership undertaken by four universities with field-based, alternative STEM teacher preparation programs and a large urban school district to provide ongoing professional support for teachers serving as mentors for individuals preparing for careers in high-poverty schools. We also present key findings…
Descriptors: Mentors, Models, STEM Education, Faculty Development
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Huggins, Kristin Shawn; Lesseig, Kristin; Rhodes, Heidi – International Journal of Teacher Leadership, 2017
In the era of standards-based reforms, informal teacher leadership is a critical factor in realizing instructional improvement. In this paper, we report on data from a one-year study of four early career mathematics teachers engaging in professional development around Common Core mathematical practices and leadership. Our findings highlight how…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Faculty Development
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Musanti, Sandra I. – Action in Teacher Education, 2017
The study explores English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual teachers' narratives within a learning community as they collectively engage in reflecting on practices to more effectively support English learners. This longitudinal qualitative study integrates narrative inquiry approach and critical incident methodology. Participants were…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, English (Second Language), Reflection, Longitudinal Studies
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Margalef, Leonor; Pareja Roblin, Natalie – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2016
Facilitators are central for the success of professional learning communities (PLCs). Yet, their specific roles in supporting teacher learning remain still largely underexplored. To address this gap, the current multiple case study examines the roles of 4 university PLC facilitators, the strategies they used to support teacher learning, and the…
Descriptors: Facilitators (Individuals), Communities of Practice, Role, College Faculty
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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
Murphy, Mary Sheppard – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Research reveals that many teachers express a discomfort about teaching writing; moreover, there is growing evidence that professional learning communities can have a positive impact on teacher learning and performance. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the relationship between teachers' involvement in a professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Writing Instruction, Case Studies
Williams, Tonja L. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study evaluated the impact of the implementation of a professional learning community known as Critical Friends Groups (CFGs) on teachers' perceptions of their school as a professional learning community, on professional growth and development, instructional practices, and student achievement. This research utilized a mixed-methodology…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Educational Practices
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Ippolito, Jacy; Dobbs, Christina L.; Charner-Laird, Megin – Journal of Staff Development, 2014
This article describes an initiative designed to improve the content-area literacy skills of all students at a Massachusetts high school and to demonstrate the important role teacher leaders play in bridging the various elements of school improvement efforts. Meeting students' language and literacy needs within content-area classrooms is becoming…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
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Vansant-Webb, Elizabeth; Polychronis, Shamby – TESOL Journal, 2016
This article summarizes findings from surveys and interviews with five teachers at an elementary school in the Salt Lake City School District that is participating in the federally funded School Improvement Grant program to raise the achievement of all students. The qualitative data analysis focuses on two major themes: (1) the current attitudes,…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, English Language Learners, Student Needs, Communities of Practice
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Peters, Gregory – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
As the cultural and experience gap between an increasingly diverse student population and predominantly white, female educators widens, schools continue to rely heavily on the pedagogies, curricula, assessments, and interventions that more effectively served a homogeneous group of educators than they do a heterogeneous student population. The…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Cultural Differences
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