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Hopkins, Megan; Gluckman, Maxie; Vahdani, Tara – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
We study how a suburban U.S. district in the early stages of demographic change developed systems of support for teachers of English learners (ELs). Using district- and school-level social network and interview data, we examine elementary teachers' EL-related professional learning opportunities, and how district and school organizational contexts…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, School Districts, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Spillane, James P.; Hopkins, Megan; Sweet, Tracy M. – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
While current reform efforts press for ambitious changes to teachers' instructional practice, teachers' instructional beliefs are also consequential in such efforts as beliefs shape teachers' instructional practice and their responses to instructional reforms. This article examines the relationship between teachers' instructional ties and their…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Facilities, Interaction, Beliefs
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Hopkins, Megan; Lowenhaupt, Rebecca; Sweet, Tracy M. – American Educational Research Journal, 2015
In the context of shifting demographics and standards-based reform, school districts in new immigrant destinations are charged with designing infrastructures that support teaching and learning for English learners (ELs) in core academic subjects. This article uses qualitative data and social network analysis to examine how one district in the…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Standards, Educational Change, School Districts