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Young, Anita Antoinette; Millard, Tanganyika; Kneale, Marcy Miller – NASSP Bulletin, 2013
Many educational models emphasize that best instructional practices are effective when working collaboratively with stakeholders. Professional learning communities focus on learning, collaborative endeavors, and shared accountability. The purpose of this article is to introduce an effectual framework for developing school counselor instructional…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, School Counselors, Program Implementation, School Counseling
Ross-Norris, Vicki – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore the essence of professional learning experiences shared by teachers who participated in a professional learning community (PLC) at a New York City high school in the South Bronx. Guided by Hord's PLC characteristics and Bruner's constructivism theories, this phenomenological study addressed the research…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Urban Schools, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
Shasteen, James L., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which teachers in one high performing Southwestern Pennsylvania Middle School view the model and use of Professional Learning Community teams in their school with an existing survey instrument. Twenty-three of twenty-four teachers participated in this voluntary mail survey. The researcher used…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, High Achievement, Middle School Students, Communities of Practice
Custable, Wendy – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This research study examines how Illinois public high school Career and Technical Education educational leaders employ best practices in providing all students rigorous, relevant, and equitable learning experiences within a professional learning community structure. This study utilized a mixed method two-tier case study methodology. Tier one…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Career Education, Technical Education, Public Schools
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Fahara, Manuel Flores; Bulnes, Mª Guadalupe Rodríguez; Quintanilla, Magda García – International Journal of Educational Leadership and Management, 2015
The professional learning communities and communities of practice approaches in the arena of education appear to hold considerable promise for sustainable school improvement. These approaches flow from the assumption that teacher's collaboration is central to transform a school into a learning organization. They also provide opportunities for…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Participation, Teacher Collaboration, Beginning Teachers
Nolin, Anna P. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This study explored the role of professional learning communities for district leadership implementing large-scale technology initiatives such as 1:1 implementations (one computing device for every student). The existing literature regarding technology leadership is limited, as is literature on how districts use existing collaborative structures…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Leadership, Technology Integration
Harris, Ainsley Taylor – Online Submission, 2010
During the course of this study, I examine the effective uses of professional learning communities in relation to building leadership capacity among teachers. The literature reviewed illustrates and addresses the need for teachers to see themselves, not only as professionals, but as leaders. This study addresses the effects of this much needed…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Leadership Training
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Fossøy, Ingrid; Haara, Frode Olav – International Journal of Higher Education, 2016
Completion of a master's degree has changed significantly from being the specific responsibility of the candidate and his/her supervisor to being the responsibility of the whole educational institution. As a consequence, we have initiated an internal training course for professional development related to the supervision of master's theses. In…
Descriptors: Masters Theses, Supervisory Training, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
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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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Botha, E. M. – Africa Education Review, 2012
Poor learner performance in South African schools raises concerns related to lack of commitment and accountability from school leaders and teachers with no common vision to promote a culture of high learner performance. This paper provides a literature overview of research available on the impact of professional learning communities (PLC) on…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Teacher Competencies, Faculty Development
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Hanson, Liz – Educational Leadership, 2011
A literacy coach describes the various components of her work and how they combine to help teachers provide more effective literacy instruction. Walk-throughs, literacy team meetings, formal coaching, professional learning communities, and regular meetings with the principal enable her to understand what teachers need and then assist teachers in…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Literacy, Teachers, Faculty Development
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Yoo, Joanne; Carter, Don; Larkin, John – Issues in Educational Research, 2017
This paper is based on a research project designed to cultivate teachers as creative writers and as teachers of creative and critical writing. The project involved both primary and secondary teachers from eight schools located in Sydney, Australia. It documents the evolution of an open-ended research project that aimed to accommodate the needs of…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Creative Writing, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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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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Shen, Jianping; Gao, Xingyuan; Xia, Jiangang – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
The notion of schools as "loosely coupled" organizations has been widely discussed in the research literature. Many argue it is either a protective mechanism for schools to buffer external pressure or a barrier for implementing new reforms. Against the backdrop of systemic change and accountability, we applied a two-level hierarchical…
Descriptors: Schools, Educational Change, Accountability, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Attorps, Iiris; Kellner, Eva – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
The aim of this article is to describe a design and implementation of a school-university action research project about teaching and learning biology and mathematics in primary school. Nine teachers in grades 1 to 6, in collaboration with two researchers, were using content representation (CoRe) in learning study (LS)-inspired cycle as pedagogical…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Action Research, Program Design, Program Implementation
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