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dc.contributor.advisorOltman, Gretchenen_US
dc.contributor.authorFernandez, Alexandraen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-17T18:33:10Z
dc.date.available2017-07-17T18:33:10Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-15en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/113835
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study examined the elements of professional learning communities within Catholic elementary schools. The purpose of this study was to investigate best practices of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as reported by elementary principals in a random sample of Catholic elementary schools. The researcher interviewed 14 elementary school principals from various Catholic (arch)dioceses with self-identified successful professional learning communities to understand best practices of PLCs at the building level. The aim of this study was to design a framework for elementary school principals seeking to foster professional learning communities in Catholic schools. Five common themes emerged throughout this study: (a) Catholic mission, (b) collaborative culture, (c) professional learning, (d) relational context, and (e) PLC structure. The findings indicated that the elements found within professional learning community protocols are compatible with the standards of academic excellence in Catholic school education. The major findings indicated that there are five essential strategies for Catholic elementary school principals seeking to foster a sustainable professional learning community process at the building level. The researcher proposed an evidence-based framework for elementary school principals seeking to foster sustainable professional learning communities in Catholic education. This framework, proposed as five essential strategies, was tailored to meet the distinct mission and purpose of Catholic education and contribute to the professional learning community process in Catholic elementary schools.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCreighton Universityen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is retained by the Author. A non-exclusive distribution right is granted to Creighton University and to ProQuest following the publishing model selected above.en_US
dc.titleA Qualitative Study on Sustainable Professional Learning Communities in Catholic Elementary Schoolsen_US
dc.typeDissertation
dc.rights.holderAlexandra Fernandezen_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.description.noteProQuest Traditional Publishing Optionen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorFernandez, Alexandraen_US
dc.degree.levelEdD (Doctor of Education)en_US
dc.degree.disciplineInterdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadershipen_US
dc.degree.nameEd.D. Program in Leadershipen_US
dc.degree.grantorGraduate Schoolen_US
dc.degree.committeeCherney, Isabelleen_US


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