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Monceaux, Matthew C. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have become a popular reform initiative for schools looking to increase student achievement. School district officials can find it difficult to implement and sustain Professional Learning Communities as some teachers are not accustomed to the levels of collaboration with peers involved. If implemented and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, School Districts
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Brown, Goldy, III – Education, 2016
This study investigated leadership supports provided by an elementary principal of 15 years in a high performing diverse school. Employing document analysis and interviews, the researcher gathered and analyzed data in an effort to identify those leadership strategies that could be replicated at other school sites. The study identified the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Correlation, Administrator Role, Academic Achievement
Sanderson, David Neil – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Music education scholars have questioned the effectiveness of isolated workshop and conference experiences on improving music teacher practices in the classroom. A model of professional development that potentially addresses these concerns is the professional learning community (PLC). In previous investigations of music teacher PLCs, the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Music Teachers, Faculty Development
Pittman, Pamela Kay – ProQuest LLC, 2015
Teaching is an ever-evolving profession, one in which teachers must stay abreast of recent research and trends to continually deepen their knowledge and refine their skills. Therefore, teachers need high quality professional learning opportunities to help them master the content they teach and strengthen their teaching skills. Professional…
Descriptors: English, English Teachers, Language Arts, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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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
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Schiff, Daniel; Herzog, Liza; Farley-Ripple, Elizabeth; Iannuccilli, Lauren Thum – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Teacher collaboration has become an increasingly important lever for school improvement efforts. This is especially true in high need urban districts, which struggle with capacity building in the face of significant teacher turnover, major shifts in curriculum and instruction, and scarce resources. This paper employs a mixed methods approach to…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Urban Schools