ERIC Number: ED243835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development for School Improvement: Field Testing a Model.
Van Voorhees, Beth
The Staff Development for School Improvement (SDSI) program, which is part of the National Center on Teaching and Learning at Eastern Michigan University, is a unique experiment in school and university collaboration. The program, which provides college faculty members as staff development facilitators to school personnel, is in its sixth year of operation. Based on the premise that ownership (by administrators and teachers) is essential, the program has flourished because, as participants conclude, school staffs have the responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating their own staff development. The essence of the SDSI program is constructive change in a school through shared decision making at the school building or department level. SDIS involves six steps: (1) awareness, readiness, and commitment; (2) interactive needs assessment; (3) the plan and its approval; (4) implementation; (5) reporting and evaluation; and (6) adoption. In its six years of operation, SDSI has affected 66 schools in 20 districts. More than 1,200 teachers, influencing over 40,000 K-12 students, have been involved. Each step of the program is outlined in detail, and findings and observations on five variables that affect the success of the process are offered: (1) the presence of a supportive principal, (2) a broadly representative steering committee that meets regulary, (3) weekly facilitator visits to the school, (4) regular contact between the steering committee and the rest of the school staff, and (5) bi-weekly facilitator meetings. (JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).