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Ryan, Michael; Taylor, Monica; Barone, Amanda; Della Pesca, Leslie; Durgana, Sona; Ostrowski, Kelly; Piccirillo, Tonianne; Pikaard, Kelly – New Educator, 2017
Too often, because of the static nature of schools and the dominant existence of high-stakes testing, professional learning for teachers is determined by administrators or policy and is facilitated by those who are not part of the school community using prepackaged programs. These initiatives run counter to authentic teacher inquiry where teachers…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Teacher Leadership, Scholarship, Inquiry
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MacDonald, Michelina; Weller, Kristin – New Educator, 2017
Practitioner inquiry is an alternative form of professional learning that can result in significant changes in teacher practice and student learning. We share our evolution as teacher learners within our classrooms and teacher leaders within our school as we progressed through 10 years of continuous cycles of practitioner inquiry. Beginning as…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Role, Faculty Development, Educational Practices
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Wolkenhauer, Rachel; Hill, Ashley Pennypacker; Dana, Nancy Fichtman; Stukey, Marisa – New Educator, 2017
This reflective article examines the relationship between teachers' engagement in action research and their ability to lead within their schools. As part of "The New Educator's" special issue, "Developing an Inquiry Stance toward Instructional Improvement: Teacher-Leader Action Research," this article demonstrates the…
Descriptors: Action Research, Teacher Leadership, Instructional Improvement, Inquiry
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Klein, Emily J.; Taylor, Monica; Onore, Cynthia; Strom, Kathryn; Abrams, Linda – New Educator, 2016
Using case studies, we describe what happens from novice to apprentice when preservice teachers learn to teach in an urban teacher-residency (UTR) program with a focus on inquiry. Our UTR operates within a "third space" in teacher education, seeking to realign traditional power relationships and to create an alternate arena where the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Residential Programs
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Parker, Audra; Bush, Amanda; Yendol-Hoppey, Diane – New Educator, 2016
Teacher educators recognize that teacher candidates must have authentic, scaffolded opportunities to transform knowledge into practice. This study explores teacher candidates' engagement with teacher inquiry as a method for supporting professional development. Findings suggest teacher candidates differ tremendously in their responses to the…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Teacher Educators, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Teacher Education
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Capitelli, Sarah – New Educator, 2015
This article explores the tensions surrounding teaching linguistically diverse students that are illuminated during a teacher inquiry group that has an explicit focus on working with English learners (ELs). The discussion is focused on the tensions teachers encounter when trying to make sense of the complexity of working with large numbers of ELs…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Direct Instruction, English Language Learners, Student Diversity
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Brooks, Katie; Adams, Susan R. – New Educator, 2015
Many general education educators have little pre-service preparation or in-service professional development for teaching students who are English language learners (ELL). Yet, ELLs are one of the fastest growing student populations in the United States. While teachers typically espouse the view that all students can learn, they do not often have…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teacher Competencies, Student Needs, Teacher Education
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Bartolini, Vicki; Worth, Karen; Jensen LaConte, Judy E. – New Educator, 2014
This article explores how an experienced teacher navigates the demands of curriculum to implement her inquiry-centered teaching and learning philosophy, and how administrators along the way supported her during this change. Interviews with this classroom teacher surface suggestions for twenty-first-century professional development and support,…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Inquiry, Active Learning, Teacher Effectiveness
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Kuh, Lisa; Nelson, Christy – New Educator, 2014
How can teachers engage in new ways of teaching that demonstrate student achievement beyond required standardized testing? This article by teachers for teachers shares one team's experience engaging in documentation with children via ongoing projects. Teachers shifted how they viewed assessment, used assessment tools and negotiated the…
Descriptors: Documentation, Educational Assessment, Inquiry, Alternative Assessment
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Snow, Jennifer L.; Martin, Susan M. – New Educator, 2014
In this article, we describe our inquiry and confess how our work as teacher educators weaves through multiple contexts and roles to reinforce a stronger enactment and construction of knowledge and practical relevance. We examined the complex nature of teacher education roles through collaborative self-study. Questions included the following: What…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Role, Teacher Educator Education, Self Evaluation (Groups)
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Rosenquest, Barbara – New Educator, 2014
Using documentation in professional development has the potential to enhance professional visibility and credibility and to turn attention squarely to learning and teaching. This article targets providers of professional development and offers clear steps to providing an inquiry-based approach using close observation and documentation of…
Descriptors: Documentation, Faculty Development, Inquiry, Preschool Teachers
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Robinson, Sheila Teel; Baber, Ceola Ross – New Educator, 2013
Existing scholarship on teacher leadership fails to account for the perspectives of African American female teacher leaders. In this article, we profile 3 African American female teacher leaders located at different trajectories on historical and professional timelines. Our analysis is grounded in understandings from the intersection of social…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, African American Teachers, Females, Women Faculty
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Santau, Alexandra O.; Ritter, Jason K. – New Educator, 2013
Inquiry-based and interdisciplinary teaching practices exemplify constructivist approaches to education capable of facilitating authentic student learning; however, their implementation has proven particularly challenging within certain contexts in the United States. This qualitative study considers one such context via an investigation of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Khales, Buad; Meier, Daniel – New Educator, 2013
The article describes the integration of inquiry, reflective practice, and child-centered teaching approaches in preservice teacher education at the early childhood level. The article reviews relevant literature on the forms and functions of inquiry and reflection as a form of professional development and teacher learning and also describes the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Inquiry
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Athanases, Steven Z.; Wahleithner, Juliet Michelsen; Bennett, Lisa H. – New Educator, 2013
Writing is central to academic development, permeates content area coursework and serves as both a vehicle for and a display of learning. For English learners (ELs), writing poses challenges, and teachers need preparation in how to understand and respond to these. This study reports 5 teacher inquiry processes that preservice teachers in one…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Writing Skills, Inquiry, Preservice Teachers
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