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Guerrero, Cristina; Shahnazarian, Armen; Brown, Michelle F. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
In this article we document our experiences as facilitators for the "Engaging All Students" professional learning community (PLC), which was implemented to help Toronto public school teachers re-engage underachieving students. These students, who are known as "marker students," are members of the school system's most…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Learner Engagement, Underachievement, At Risk Students
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Benoliel, Pascale; Schechter, Chen – Improving Schools, 2017
Research results have provided evidence of the potential contribution that professional learning communities (PLCs) can make to enhance school outcomes. While numerous organizational and cultural aspects of schools have been recognized as key requirements for PLC success, researchers have noted that a teacher's ability to share knowledge in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Personality Traits, Principals, Administrator Role
OECD Publishing, 2016
The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the largest international survey of teachers and school leaders. Using the TALIS database, this report looks at different approaches to school leadership and the impact of school leadership on professional learning communities and on the learning climate in individual schools. It looks…
Descriptors: International Assessment, National Surveys, School Administration, Leadership Styles
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Gee, Donna; Whaley, Jerita – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2016
Elementary teachers were involved in a two-year grant focused on professional development using lesson study processes to increase their understanding of mathematics content and effective mathematics pedagogy. The primary research questions focused on how 16 elementary teachers described their professional growth after being involved in lesson…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
Passi, Gaurav – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the professional learning community dimensions of a focus on learning, shared vision, collaborative culture, supportive structures and their impact on student achievement. Additionally, this study explored training in professional learning community principles as a moderating variable and the practice of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Learning, Teacher Collaboration
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Zhang, Jia; Yuan, Rui; Yu, Shulin – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
Using qualitative data collected from three high schools in Shanghai, this study explored the barriers to the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) in Chinese schools from the perspectives of school leaders and teachers. Results indicate that the barriers identified by teachers in the development of PLCs include insufficient…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Barriers
Mathews, Tracy A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This quantitative correlation survey study investigated the relationship between teachers' perceptions of the effectiveness of school principals as instructional leaders in professional learning communities (PLCs) and self-efficacy beliefs of teachers. Social Cognitive Theory, self-efficacy concept, and Adult Learning Theory were at the core of…
Descriptors: Correlation, Self Efficacy, Principals, Administrator Effectiveness
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Hairon, Salleh; Goh, Jonathan Wee Pin; Chua, Catherine Siew Kheng; Wang, Li-yi – Professional Development in Education, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) as a means of raising the teaching profession are becoming more attractive in education systems seeking to improve school improvement processes and outcomes. The main intention is to increase the individual and collective capacity of teachers so as to support school-wide capacity for teaching and learning.…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Outcomes of Education, Educational Improvement
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Carpenter, Daniel – International Journal of Educational Management, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore educator collaborative inquiry in the shared workspace in professional learning communities (PLCs). Specifically, this investigation was part of an ongoing investigation of well-established PLC collaborative interactions and self-directed learning of educators as part of the shared workspace as a…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Improvement
Martin, Linda – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This action research study examines school reform through the development of a professional learning community for teacher-leaders. Through action research, this study organized a select group of teacher-leaders into a professional learning community to engage in a series of readings through a book club. The purpose of the book club was to develop…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Participative Decision Making, Instructional Leadership
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Bell-Robertson, Catherine G. – Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 2015
Support for music teachers new to the profession is important and necessary. Some school districts use traditional mentor-mentee pairings as their primary support for novice music teachers; however, many factors in the professional lives of music teachers, such as traveling among multiple schools or a lack of subject-specific colleagues often…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Music Teachers, Mentors, Literature Reviews
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Jolliffe, Wendy – Education 3-13, 2015
Cooperative learning (CL), in spite of extensive research and documented benefits, is not widely used in England. A review of the literature shows that it requires a staged and sustained approach to implementation, which has led to a gap between its potential and actual use. The case study cited here provides one example of bridging that gap…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teacher Collaboration, Curriculum Implementation, Communities of Practice
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Hallam, Pamela R.; Smith, Henry R.; Hite, Julie M.; Hite, Steven J.; Wilcox, Bradley R. – NASSP Bulletin, 2015
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are being recognized as effective in improving teacher collaboration and student achievement. Trust is critical in effectively implementing the PLC model, and the school principal is best positioned to influence school trust levels. Using five facets of trust, this research sought to clarify the impact of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Trust (Psychology), Teamwork
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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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