ERIC Number: ED346076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School Community-College Collaboration: A Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Staff Development and a Professional Development Center.
Zide, Michele Moran; Colbert, Ronald
This paper provides an overview and description of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program in professional development in public schools offered at Fitchburg State College (Massachusetts). The CAGS provides opportunities for people in the same school system to develop knowledge, skills, and teaching methodologies to work with adult learners; goals are tailored to each specific community; and staff development experts are created in the school system. The certificate enables veteran master teachers, specialists, and administrative staff to develop competence in the areas of organizational development, planned change, the design, delivery, management and evaluation of staff development programs, and action research to address the needs and goals of a school system. Thus the system is empowered to restructure through the collaborative efforts of all. Also described is the subsequent establishment of the Professional Development Center, which offers support to the goals of area school systems. Workshops, professional seminars, long-term networks, and consultation services enhance the quality of educational services and create a mutually rewarding relationship between the college, the community, and the individuals served. (Author/LL)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Master Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, School Districts, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Centers, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Certified Trainer Systems; Fitchburg State College MA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (72nd, Orlando, FL, February 15-19, 1992).