ERIC Number: ED205506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Washington State Teacher Corps/Teacher Center Network.
Walker, Paul R.
Eight agencies (including three teacher centers and three Teacher Corps programs) in the state of Washington, concerned with inservice teacher education, formed a network to test and to explore avenues of cooperation and coordination. Since the emphasis was on collaboration between Teacher Corps and and teacher centers, the first step was to examine the areas of potential conflict and cooperation. The major areas examined were: the purposes and terms of grants, governance, plans of operation, and major thrusts. The network committee, with representatives from Teacher Corps projects, teacher centers, the Washington Education Association, and the state education agency, concentrated on the areas of common interests, while respecting each others' differences. The network's success can be attributed to the sharing of information, resources, practices, materials, and consultants. Among the accomplishments of the network during the first year were: establishing the bylaws and governance of the committee; setting realistic goals; establishing a continuous communications process; and identifying and exchanging resources on successful staff development practices. The purpose of networking was to share information, technical assistance, and solutions to problems. A flexible outline of strategies and of support is often characteristic of networks, and staff members must be able to foster collaboration under a variety of circumstances. (FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.
Authoring Institution: Western Washington Univ., Bellingham.
Identifiers: Teacher Corps; Washington