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Building School-based Teacher Learning Communities Professional Strategies to Improve Student Achievement


Building School-based Teacher Learning Communities Professional Strategies to Improve Student Achievement by

Building on extensive evidence that school-based teacher learning communities improve student outcomes, this book lays out an agenda to develop and sustain collaborative professional cultures. McLaughlin and Talbert - foremost scholars of school change and teaching contexts - provide an inside look at the processes, resources, and system strategies that are necessary to build vibrant school-based teacher learning communities. Offering a compelling, straightforward blueprint for action, this book: takes a comprehensive look at the problem of improving the quality of teaching across the United States, based on evidence and examples from the authors' nearly two decades of research; demonstrates how and why school-based teacher learning communities are bottom-line requirements for improved instruction; outlines the resources and supports needed to build and sustain a long-term school-based teacher professional community; discusses the nature of high-quality professional development to support learning and changes in teaching; and details the roles and responsibilities of policymakers at all levels of the school system.

About the Author

Milbrey W. McLaughlin is David Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University. W. Richard Scott is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Stanford University. Sarah N. Deschenes is Senior Researcher at the Harvard Family Research Project. Kathryn C. Hopkins is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Anne R. Newman is Assistant Professor of Education at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Publication date

15th January 2006


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Teachers' College Press


160 pages


Organization & management of education
Teacher training



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