Capstone/Dissertation Title

Creating a professional learning community to support reading instruction

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone addresses the development of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) as the framework for supporting reading instruction. The literature review focuses on the research of Roland Barth, Richard and Rebecca DuFour, Judith Warren-Little, and others who are foundational in exploring comprehensive and practical methods for continuous and sustainable school improvement. DuFour's three guiding principles for PLCs direct the research and methodology throughout the paper: ensuring that students learn, building a culture of collaboration, and focusing on results. The appendices include agendas used to develop the PLC, a rubric for building a viable and focused PLC in reading instruction, and a performance review graphic developed to illustrate student growth in reading. Classroom teachers in grades K - 5 were involved in the creation of this PLC with a focus on improving fluency in reading instruction.

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