ERIC Number: ED337306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Classroom Strategies for Students at Risk Begin with Effective Inservice Training.
Bernal, Jesse R.; Torres, Maria E.
Staff development has been the focus of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's Rural Small Schools Initiative (RSSI) since it began in 1987. The research literature and RSSI's own survey of staff development practices in southwestern rural schools indicate that current staff development delivery systems are content rich and process poor. From a survey of the literature and early project experiences, RSSI staff identified key elements in the delivery of systematic staff development: (1) a match between purposes and approach of training activities and school district goals for staff development outcomes; (2) multiple, integrated training sessions; (3) thorough participant orientation to the purpose and content of training activities; (4) multiple opportunities for collaboration among school staff; (5) opportunities for practice and information sharing; and (6) follow-up assistance. In addition, effective training includes the following key elements: (1) it meets an identified need; (2) it follows a coherent plan; (3) it includes research based content; (4) it includes the processes of feedback, planning, demonstration, and practice; and (5) it draws on principles of adult learning. Contextual factors such as incentives, time of training, and principal visibility also contribute to training effectiveness. Successful inservice training must be part of a comprehensive program addressing the unmet educational needs of the ever-increasing at-risk student population. To be effective, such a program must emphasize prevention and provide intensive instruction adapted to individual student needs. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).