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Shaked, Haim; Schechter, Chen – NASSP Bulletin, 2016
As instructional leadership involves attempts to understand and improve complex systems, this study explored principals' perceptions regarding possible contributions of systems thinking to instructional leadership. Based on a qualitative analysis, systems thinking was perceived by middle and high school principals to contribute to the following…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Instructional Leadership, Holistic Approach, Principals
Brig, Leane – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Two Colorado math teachers attribute their participation in a professional learning community to their ability to achieve the highest growth scores of any tested level (3rd through 10th grade) in the three tested subjects (reading, writing, and math) in their 22,000-student school district.
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Communities of Practice, Goal Orientation, Student Evaluation
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Sargent, Tanja Carmel – Comparative Education Review, 2015
Pedagogical innovations have been diffusing unevenly through the Chinese education system as a result of the implementation of the New Curriculum Reforms. Drawing on large-scale linked teacher and principal survey data from the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, this article investigates the extent to which interlocking teacher networks, which…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Scholz, Carrie; Ehrlich, Stacy B.; Roth, Erin – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
There is a well-known disconnect between research and practice in education. Education practitioners and policymakers continue to make little direct use of research findings to drive state, district, school, and classroom decision-making. Conducting collaborative research is challenging--especially for researchers who have never partnered with…
Descriptors: Educational Researchers, Communities of Practice, Cooperation, Educational Research
Curry, Nathan Dean – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this descriptive study was be to determine if there were differences in the implementation of professional learning communities components between elementary and secondary teachers and administrators. This study examined the relationship between demographic characteristics and teacher implementation of professional learning…
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Secondary Schools, Self Efficacy, Measures (Individuals)
Pillari, Michele R. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the specific needs of the New Horizons School District when implementing professional learning communities. The findings were: (1) teachers do not have a clear understanding of professional learning communities, (2) administrators have a clear understanding of professional learning communities, (3)…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, School Districts, School Culture, Feasibility Studies
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Dimino, Joseph A.; Taylor, Mary Jo; Morris, Joan – Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, 2015
These handouts, which are meant to accompany the facilitator's guide, are designed to assist professional learning communities (PLCs) in applying evidence-based strategies to help K-8 English learners acquire the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically. The facilitator's guide uses a five-step process for collaborative…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Allen, David – Improving Schools, 2013
The article presents a cross-domain inquiry into schoolwide professional learning community. It examines tensions in how professional learning community is conceptualized and how it is enacted in the processes of teacher groups. Drawing on a study of contemporary theatre arts practices, it proposes a model of collective creation that highlights…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Theater Arts, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
Hamilton, Jan L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study examined the impact of the Professional Learning Community model on student achievement in the state of California. Specifically, the study compared student achievement between two school types: Professional Learning Community schools and Non Professional Learning schools. The research utilized existing API scores for California schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Education, Academic Achievement, English Language Learners
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Harris, Emily; Rosenman, Amelia – Science and Children, 2017
Teachers who participate in the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) at the California Academy of Sciences commit to intensive professional development--that is, two two-week summer sessions, four evening workshops, and four Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings throughout each school year--focused on creating more…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Summer Programs, Workshops, Communities of Practice
Ellwood, Cheryl Kathryn – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Professional learning communities and teacher efficacy are at the core of many of the current educational reform models. The intention of this dissertation was to identify the correlation between professional learning communities and collective teacher efficacy for math data teams in the six Kaua'i Complex Area secondary schools, as measured by…
Descriptors: Correlation, Mathematics, Professional Development, Teacher Attitudes
Moore, Theresa – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Research indicates that a theoretical framework known as a professional learning community can make a positive difference in schools. This mixed-method study examines teacher perceptions of school leadership and climate in two rural elementary schools in South Carolina. Using interviews, focus group sessions and a survey, the researcher answers…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Focus Groups, Program Effectiveness, Faculty Development
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Green, Tanya R.; Allen, Mishaleen – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This quantitative causal-comparative study compared perceptions of professional development opportunities between high-achieving and low-achieving elementary-middle school teachers in an urban school district using the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI). A total of 271 teachers participated including 134 (n = 134) teachers from high-achieving…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Urban Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Ngalawa, Athanas; Simmt, Elaine; Glanfield, Florence – Global Education Review, 2015
This article describes a qualitative exploration of a primary school in a remote rural community of Tanzania, whose students showed promising performance in mathematics, as measured by the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). Case study methods were used to conduct research about the school and the community and included interviews, focus…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Educational Improvement, School Community Relationship, Case Studies
Roberts, Benjamin A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine if a significant difference in the degree of teamness in high school teams whose schools have strong evidence of the five dimensions of a Professional Learning Community, compared to high school teams in schools that do not have strong evidence of the five dimensions of a Professional Learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teamwork
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