ERIC Number: ED108381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-24
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The Teacher Center as a Strategy for Local School Renewal.
Davis, John B., Jr.
The first Teacher Center in Minneapolis was developed in 1972 to meet the training needs of faculty and parents in the Southeast Alternatives sector. A year later, the center joined with the University of Minnesota and began to participate in new curriculum development at both the school and college level, blending preservice and inservice training. The unique aspect of the Minneapolis teacher centers is that the consumers (teachers, principals, or parents) determine to a great extent what they need to know and how they want to get it. By submitting a brief written proposal, they ask a governing board of teachers and parents for the money and means to get the desired training. This model encourages risk-taking, because no one has to admit a professional deficiency to those higher in the administrative structure. Although the Teacher Center arranges for training, the training takes place in a variety of settings. Training is for varying periods of time, depending on the project. The Teacher Center serves as an influence agency for the development of the school's programs, but it has no controlling role over the administration of a given school. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College School Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Teacher Centers, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)