ERIC Number: ED337426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Shared Vision of Education Reform: Establishing Professional Development Schools. Draft.
Field, Teresa Turner
This paper describes the strategies, issues, activities, and interactions associated with establishing six professional development schools (PDS) as part of the Benedum Project in West Virginia. Establishment of the PDSs was a collaborative project, a school-university partnership between West Virginia University and local school districts. The planning process included assembling a PDS team to develop a conceptual framework for the PDSs, determine site selection criteria, review applications, and select sites. The first Benedum Professional Development Schools represent the diversity of schools in West Virginia and the region. A brief overview of the focus and organization of each PDS is provided. Each site has established a steering committee to coordinatie and manage PDS activities in its school. Critical factors in establishing the PDSs include thorough planning, providing release-time for school and college educators, and flexibility. The appendixes include belief statements which guide PDS activities, the PDS application, and site selection criteria. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Benedum Project WV; Holmes Group Report; West Virginia University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Atlanta, GA, March, 1991).