ERIC Number: ED209195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development in Secondary Schools.
Massey, Sara, Ed.; And Others
Four examples are given of Teacher Corps school-based staff development projects in Massachusetts. An introductory chapter identifies characteristics of successful staff development efforts, based on participatory decision making, the needs of teachers, students, and the community, and cooperation between the university and the school. The first article describes the planning of school-community resource centers in a high school and in two middle schools. Each resource center is "owned" by its creators because of the collaboration between parents and teachers in planning, staffing, and policy making. Another focus was adopted in a Lowell high school, where a Teacher Corps needs assessment pinpointed several problem areas, but found that the teachers did not want to accept responsibility for complex curricular issues. With the approval of the principal, a committee of six department heads was empowered to address not only curricular and instructional improvement, but also teacher evaluation, thereby broadening their leadership role and improving their relations with each other. The third article describes the development and effects of a credit-bearing administrative practicum offered through Boston State College to faculty at three high schools. A case study of the actions taken by teachers participating in the practicum illustrates the positive steps involving parents and students in school events. A concluding commentary points out the distinguishing characteristics of staff development, comparing it to continuing education, professional development, and personal development. It is suggested that, through effective planning and goal orientation, staff development success stories will be common. (FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.
Authoring Institution: Boston State Coll., MA.
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Teacher Corps