ERIC Number: ED051094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Learning to Help Them Learn; An Evaluation of Professional Development Centers, 1969-70.
Theimer, William C., Jr.; Locke, Marvin E.
Professional Development Centers (PDC) were established to improve the instructional skills of classroom teachers in grades K-6 whose pupils from low socio-economic backgrounds were achieving below grade level in reading and mathematics. Additional personnel trained in the program included aides, student teachers, elementary administrators, and replacement teachers needed to free the classroom teachers for their training cycle. The goals of the program were 1) to improve the instructional competencies of teachers, and 2) to raise the achievement level of the educationally disadvantaged child in reading and mathematics by 1.5 years for each year of instruction. All school districts involved conducted four cycles during the regular school year as well as a summer school program. In each cycle certain activities were carried out by all centers, while some activities were unique to particular centers. The five individual projects were located in 1) Compton, Enterprise, and Willowbrook School Districts; 2) Fresno City Unified School District; 3) Long Beach Unified School District; 4) Oakland Unified School District; and 5) Richmond Unified School District. The situation, objectives and program, and evaluation are provided for each. Recommendations are made for the future development of the centers. (MBM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Compensatory Education.
Authoring Institution: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Identifiers: Professional Development Centers