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Levine, Thomas H. – Learning Professional, 2019
Research supports the contention that professional learning communities (PLCs) are a "path to change in the classroom" (DuFour, 1997). Teachers treading this path, however, can encounter obstacles or plateau as a result of five common challenges: incoherence, insularity, unequal participation, congeniality, and privacy. Fortunately,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Reflection
DuFour, Rick; Reeves, Douglas – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Although many schools around the world have claimed to embrace the Professional Learning Community process, it would be more accurate to describe the current state of affairs in many schools as PLC Lite. Educators rename their traditional faculty or department meetings as PLC meetings, engage in book studies that result in no action, or devote…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Program Development
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Durr, Tony; Kampmann, Jennifer; Hales, Patrick; Browning, Larry – Rural Educator, 2020
This article details a Title II grant funded professional development project for rural STEM teachers. For this project teachers were grouped in online professional learning communities (PLCs). Participants shared teaching videos and received feedback from their group members and university faculty. In a face-to-face workshop, participants were…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Internet, Rural Schools, STEM Education
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Almarode, John; Flories, Karen; Nagel, Dave – Corwin, 2019
What makes a powerful and results-driven Professional Learning Community (PLC)? The answer is collaborative work that expands the emphasis on student learning and leverages individual teacher efficacy into collective teacher efficacy. "PLC+: Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design" calls for strong and effective PLCs…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Improvement, Equal Education
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Almarode, John – Learning Professional, 2019
How might the work of professional learning communities (PLCs) focus on the changes necessary to ensure that "all" students are engaged, inspired, and successful? The authors of this article developed five discussion questions that they believe allow educator teams to put equity front and center in their collaborative conversations…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Equal Education, Teaching Methods
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Sullivan, John – International Studies in Catholic Education, 2019
In "The Christian Academic in Higher Education" [Sullivan, John. 2018. "The Christian Academic in Higher Education: The Consecration of Learning." London: Palgrave Macmillan], I make an extended attempt to explore what difference it might make if the tasks of academics in contemporary universities were interpreted and responded…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Catholics, Religious Education, Role of Education
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Reynolds, Krista – BU Journal of Graduate Studies in Education, 2016
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are increasingly providing opportunities for school teachers to collaborate in order to develop shared beliefs about learning. Five key characteristics ensure the PLC's effectiveness. A PLC requires collaboration and a learning culture of trust among teachers. A goal-oriented plan is needed that involves…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Collaboration, Trust (Psychology)
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DuFour, Richard – Educational Leadership, 2014
The first time the author was responsible for planning a districtwide professional development day, DuFour secured a funny speaker, provided plenty of doughnuts, and made sure everyone could return to their classrooms in the afternoon. "The day was considered a huge success," he notes. "There was absolutely no evidence that the day…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Cooperation, Teamwork, Faculty Development
Easton, Lois Brown – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are often criticized for failing to focus on real problems of teaching and learning and for failing to deliver improvement. That is where accountability comes into play. Strategic accountability distinguishes PLCs that are effective from those that are not. Everyone knows what accountability is, but the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Strategic Planning, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
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Huguet, Alice; Farrell, Caitlin C.; Marsh, Julie A. – Journal of Educational Administration, 2017
Purpose: The use of data for instructional improvement is prevalent in today's educational landscape, yet policies calling for data use may result in significant variation at the school level. The purpose of this paper is to focus on tools and routines as mechanisms of principal influence on data-use professional learning communities (PLCs).…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice, Communities of Practice
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Easton, Lois Brown – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
This article describes the knowledge and skills that professional learning community members need to create a habit out of their desire. Habits serve educators as signposts of progress toward achieving their desires. They are interim indicators of a professional learning community's success. Ultimately, of course, professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Habit Formation, Professional Education, Group Dynamics
Townsley, Matt; Wear, Nathan L. – Solution Tree, 2020
Maximize learning by making grades more meaningful and motivating to students. With the support of this practical guide, professional learning communities (PLCs) will discover a clear road map for implementing a standards-based grading system at the secondary level. The authors provide all of the actionable ideas and tools needed to not only…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Communities of Practice, Secondary School Students
Doerr, Hanna – Principal, 2009
"What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future" by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future tells that teacher quality is the single most important factor in determining student achievement, so principals are wise to put their efforts into improving teaching in their schools. However, principals do not need to take on…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Veterans
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Sunaengsih, Cucun; Komariah, Aan; Isrokatun, I.; Anggrani, Mayang; Silfiani, Sindy – Elementary School Forum (Mimbar Sekolah Dasar), 2019
This research aims at illustrating the implementation of Professional Learning Community (PLC) programs, which later will be used to be the basic data for the preparation of PLC program design that is applicable and easily implemented by the teachers. The low contribution and discontinuity of teachers in the PLC programs in primary schools have…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary School Teachers, Program Design, Professionalism
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Almarode, John; Flories, Karen; Nagel, Dave – Corwin, 2019
Help your PLC+ group to work "wiser," not harder. This practical guide to planning and implementing PLC+ groups in a collaborative setting is designed to equip professional learning community teams with the tools they need to work effectively toward improving student learning. Designed as an accompanying resource to "PLC+: Better…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Improvement
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