Thesis Title

Using Professional Learning Communities to Build Teacher Leadership Capacity: Creating Sustainable Change in Education

Graduation Date

Fall 2010

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madeliene Peters, EdD


During the course of this study, I examine the effective uses of professional learning communities in relation to building leadership capacity among teachers. The literature reviewed illustrates and addresses the need for teachers to see themselves, not only as professionals, but as leaders. This study addresses the effects of this much needed sense of professionalism and confidence within teachers. This study includes interviews with principals and teachers with experience using professional learning communities in this capacity. The interviews not only demonstrate how professional communities can and are used effectively, but also what the effects of their use have on teacher satisfaction and teacher effectiveness.

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