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Buttram, Joan L.; Farley-Ripple, Elizabeth N. – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2016
The purpose of this article is to identify how principals shape the adoption and implementation of professional learning communities. The study employed a sequential mixed-methods approach in which interviews, observations, and document analysis informed survey design. Teachers were surveyed in four elementary schools about the practices and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Principals, Adoption (Ideas), Program Implementation
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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
Jennings, Karen – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Professional learning communities (PLCs), with their attributes of shared values, high expectations, and collaboration, have the potential to change school culture. The 4 elementary schools in this study have been unable to sustain ongoing, effective teamwork, resulting in a failure to attain adequate progress, and in 2 schools, in the placement…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Scores, Teamwork
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
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Owen, Susanne – Educational Review, 2016
Student-driven "deep learning", teachers as "coaches" and "activators of learning" and positive student-teacher relationships are all part of the changing and significantly innovative educational landscape which requires considerable pedagogical change in teaching and learning processes. Teacher professional learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Well Being, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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LeChasseur, Kimberly; Mayer, Anysia; Welton, Anjale; Donaldson, Morgaen – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2016
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have become a popular strategy in various forms (e.g., data teams, grade-level teams) and with various champions (e.g., district leaders, university researchers, teacher advocates). Although well-implemented PLCs have been shown to distribute leadership, the tension between democratic inquiry processes and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Communities of Practice
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Baricaua Gutierez, Sally – Professional Development in Education, 2016
Professional development of in-service teachers requires a sustainable and school-based model which will provide them with opportunities for collaboration in building an environment that supports their capacity-building and pedagogical improvement. In this professional development model, teachers are treated as central to the learning process,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Qualitative Research
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da Rocha, Karin – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2014
Growing challenges, demographic change and the need to deal with various demands in one's professional and private life call for a high flexibility and willingness to learn, especially among teachers, who serve as role models in this respect. Consequently, professional development has to focus on reflective and introspective processes. At the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires
Kochenour, Ruth Braddick – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Today's educational reform literature abounds with convincing testimonials of schools operating as professional learning communities. The model is highly sought but often misunderstood and shallowly applied. Although much evidence exists regarding the characteristics of effective learning communities, the literature review reveals a gap in the…
Descriptors: Social Change, Educational Change, Focus Groups, Elementary Schools
Betts, Diane Gmitro – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The goal of professional learning communities (PLC) is for teachers to come together to discuss and examine student learning and ultimately to make instructional changes that can lead to improved student learning. The formative use of assessments that are commonly agreed upon by this community of teachers is believed to enhance their improvement…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Psychometrics, Communities of Practice, Role Perception
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Makkonen, Reino; Tejwani, Jaclyn; Venkateswaran, Nitya – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
Recent teacher evaluation reforms instituted across the country have sought to yield richer information about educators' strengths and limitations and guide decisions about targeted opportunities for professional growth. This study describes how results from new multiple-measure teacher evaluations were being used in 2014/15 in five school…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Data, Evaluation Utilization, School Districts
Caven, Meghan; Checkoway, Amy; Gamse, Beth – Abt Associates, 2012
The Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiative is designed to improve academic outcomes by increasing the amount of learning time for students. Schools are expected to provide opportunities to teachers for collaborative planning and professional development as well as add time to the school day or year for instructional and enrichment…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Extended School Day, Teacher Collaboration, School Schedules
Polhemus, Constance E. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Purpose. The purpose of this study was to describe to what extent seven collaborative behaviors were demonstrated by general education teachers assigned students with disabilities, special education Resource Specialists, and the principals in selected California elementary schools that met their 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 English language arts annual…
Descriptors: General Education, Academic Achievement, Disabilities, Vision