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Bauml, Michelle – New Educator, 2014
This qualitative case study describes how one beginning primary grade teacher benefited from collaborative lesson-planning meetings with her grade-level colleagues. The teacher accumulated knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, and professional contexts as she participated in planning meetings each week during her first year of teaching. Furthermore,…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – New Educator, 2005
Today, in the United States of America, preparing accomplished teachers who are committed to equity may be among the most important keys to the survival of their democratic way of life. In a society in which the ability to learn is increasingly essential to individual and societal success, the ability to teach powerfully--that is, to teach in ways…
Descriptors: Democracy, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education, Dropouts
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Norman, Patricia J.; Golian, Katherine; Hooker, Heather – New Educator, 2005
Recently developed Professional Development School standards underscore the importance of professional learning community, inquiry, shared decision-making and a focus on student learning. These standards closely mirror the goals of "Critical Friends Groups," a significant movement in education to improve student achievement through…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Mentors, Teacher Collaboration, College School Cooperation