ERIC Number: ED343221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Practical School Improvement: The Mary Reynolds Babcock Project (MRBP) at Moore School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (WS/FC) North Carolina Schools.
Achilles, C. M.; And Others
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Project (MRBP) is a school improvement effort implemented at the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools during the 1990-91 school year. A total of 24 elementary school teachers, called visiting teachers, visited designated lab sites within the system for 2 weeks each to observe exemplary instructional programs and be trained in their use. Outstanding teachers, hired as permanent substitutes, taught in the visiting teachers' classrooms while they were away. This process ensured continuity and high-quality instruction while visiting teachers were being trained. Teachers and programs for designated lab sites were carefully evaluated. Being chosen as a clinical resident teacher provided recognition for exemplary teaching and included a chance to share skills with teachers anxious to improve their skills. MRBP offered clinical training for elementary teachers, created a tool for school-based management, and reduced teacher isolation. Teachers returned from their clinical experiences highly motivated and ready to make instructional changes in their own schools. Evaluation results indicate that they did make changes as expected. The project has been continued at district middle schools during 1991-92. Appendices compare MRBP with effective inservice practices, summarize program participants' responses, and describe the MRBP change process. (27 references) (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Isolation (Professional); Winston Salem and Forsyth County Schools NC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).