Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
Department or School
Jacquelyn S. McGinnis, Ph.D., Supervising Instructor
Lidia Lee, Ph.D., Honors Advisor
This project will consist of an in-depth review of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and their increasing role in districts and schools across the country. This project will document successes of PLCs and those components of a PLC that are most essential to the success of beginning and maintaining one. It will also look at the barriers that arise in attempting to implement a PLC in a district and/or school, and how best to overcome those barriers. Finally, this project will focus on the implications for special education when formulating and implementing a PLC in a school.
Methodology will consist of library and/or archival research, along with attendance at a PLC conference and interviews with those administrators attempting to start a PLC in their respective schools.
The final form of this completed thesis will be a lengthy research paper, including the implications for special education in the implementation and administration of PLCs.
Shipley, Jacqueline B., "Professional learning communities: Where does special education fit in?" (2006). Senior Honors Theses and Projects. 31.