ERIC Number: ED330685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
Foxfire-Affiliated Teacher Networks.
The original Foxfire program evolved into the Foxfire Teacher Outreach program during the 1980s, providing an approach to classroom instruction applicable to all content areas and grade levels. It is a student-centered, hands on, community-based generally for 2 weeks in the summer. Teacher networks are test-driven). The Foxfire Course for Teachers is provided at many colleges and universities, usually for graduate credit and generally for 2 weeks in the summer. Teacher networks are formed to provide support, with one person acting as network organizer at each site. Each course graduates a group of teachers who implement the Foxfire approach in their classrooms. Network members who participate in Foxfire-affiliated networks benefit by gaining opportunities to continue growth in an approach to instruction. Networks provide opportunities for teachers to develop leadership. Teachers are able to gain a sense of making a difference by being part of something larger. The primary Teacher Outreach grant runs out in June 1991, but the program will continue in an altered fashion. Currently, over 10 networks have been formed, and in one school, the entire staff is being trained. Two appendixes offer "The Foxfire Approach: Perspectives and Core Practices" and a network coordinator job description. (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Learning Strategies, Networks, Outreach Programs, Staff Development, Summer Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Empowerment; Foxfire
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 2-6, 1991).