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Advisory Committee Chair

Loucrecia Collins

Advisory Committee Members

Matthew Fifolt

Gary Peters

Boyd Rogan

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Doctor of Education (EdD) School of Education


This qualitative multiple case study explored principals support for teacher learning through Professional Learning Communities (PLC)s in Torchbearer Schools in Alabama. In the last two decades the PLC model for school improvement has been implemented in K-12 schools with the primary goal of improving student achievement. There is limited research to show how principals support teacher learning in PLCs. My study helped to provide principals and teachers insight into how principals support teacher learning in PLCs. The study was conducted in three Torchbearer Schools in Alabama. Each school had implemented PLCs for a minimum of one year. The participants included principals and teachers involved in PLCs. Data analysis were conducted within each individual case and across the three cases. Five themes emerged from the cross-case analysis: (a) communication, (b) school culture, (c) personal gains, (d) purpose and implementation, and (e) structure and organization. The five themes presented a description of how principals support teacher learning in PLCs in Torchbearer Schools. This qualitative study may provide principals and teachers a better understanding of how principals support teachers learning in PLCs. Keywords: professional learning communities, Torchbearer Schools, andragogy

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