Teacher learning teams first emerged in the 1980s and 1990s as a promising way to support teachers' improvement of their instruction.* Since this period, distinguished researchers in the area of teacher collaboration and school leadership have produced findings that corroborate the research and evidence that support Learning Teams. Notable research includes the following:
Professional learning communities:
- Vescio, V., Ross, D., & Adams, A. (2008). A review of research on the impact of professional learning communities on teaching practice and student learning. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24, 80-91.
- Darling-Hammond, L., Chung Wei, R., Andree, A., Richardson, N., and Orphanos, S. (2009). Professional learning in the learning profession: a status report on teacher development in the United States and abroad. National Staff Development Council.
- Louis, K.S. & Marks, H.M. (1998). Does professional learning community affect the classroom? Teachers' work and student experiences in restructuring schools American Journal of Education, 106(4), 532-575.
- Supovitz, J.A. (2002, December). Developing communities of instructional practice. Teachers College Record, 104(8),1591-1626.
- Berry, B., Johnson, D., and Montgomery D. (2005). The power of teacher leadership. Educational Leadership, 62(5), p.56+, [electronic version].
- Hollins, E.R., Mclntyre, LR, DeBose, C., Hollins, K.S., and Towner, A. (2004). Promoting a self-sustaining learning community: Investigating an internal model for teacher development. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 17(2), 247-264.
- Elmore, R. (2000). Building a new structure for leadership. Washington, D.C.I Albert Shanker Institute.
- Leithwood, K., Louis, K.S., Anderson, S., & Wahlstrom, K. (2004). Review of the research: How leadership influences student learning. Learning From Leadership Project.
- Spilane, J. & Diamond, J. (eds.) (2007). Distributed Leadership in Practice. Teachers College Press.
- Educator Teamwork Seen as Key to School Gains By Lisa Fine in Teacher Magazine
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*See e.g., Collegial Leaming, 1987; Darling-Hammond & Sykes, 1999; DuFour, 2004; Fullan, 1991, 1993; Hord, 1997; Lieberman, 1995; Little, 1982; Little & McLaughlin, 1993; McLaughlin, 1995; Murphy & Hallinger, 1993; O’Neil, 1995, April; Rosenholtz, 1959; Rowan, 1990; Senge, 1990; Tharp & Gallimore, 1988).
- Teacher Learning: Sine Qua Non of School Innovation By Stephanie Hirsh in Education Week
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