ERIC Number: ED246032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Regional Laboratory Works with Schools.
Sikorski, Linda; Ewy, Robert
The mission of the Mid-continental Regional Education Laboratory (McREL) is to improve practice and increase academic performance in the schools of the seven-state mountain-plains region. McREL's principal approach to the dissemination and utilization of the effective schools research has been training teachers to use research. Based on the effective schools research, McREL has established an Effective Schools Program (ESP) that aims at providing participants with knowledge and skills to implement research-based practices, with the ultimate goal of increased school efficiency and increased student achievement. The training that educators receive through ESP emphasizes data collection about current practices, training, and coaching in the use of new practices, and feedback for monitoring and guiding progress. The program is designed to meet school or district improvement needs, to develop a pool of on-site training material, and to give participants the skills to train their colleagues and other staff members. School districts participating in ESP follow a five-part process: (1) orientation; (2) logistical planning; (3) assessment and training; (4) improvement planning; and (5) follow-up. Each step of the process is discussed as is the program's evaluation design. (JMK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Peer Teaching, Program Design, Program Development, Research and Development Centers, Research Utilization, School Effectiveness, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mid Continent Regional Educational Laboratory MO; Research Practice Relationship
Note: In: Egbert, Robert L., Ed., and Kluender, Mary M., Ed. Using Research to Improve Teacher Education: The Nebraska Consortium. Teacher Education Monograph No. 1. (SP 024 888), p155-61.