ERIC Number: ED146121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
How the Local Education Association Can Help Improve In-Service Education.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.
This document examines the concern of teachers at the school level for continuing, relevant inservice training, the disatisfaction they are experiencing with traditional inservice programs, and the ways in which local education associations (LEA's) can help improve inservice education. Teachers are now demanding that inservice (1) be related to day-by-day needs, (2) be developed through teacher self-assessment of needs, (3) be planned with teachers having a preeminent voice in determining both content and delivery methods, (4) be related to a teacher's total professional development, and (5) not duplicate offerings available elsewhere. Three categories of needs for inservice exist--the institutional need (for teacher improvement in specific curriculum areas), the professional organization's need (for the general proficiency of its members), and the faculty or individual need for personal growth). Assuming the LEA considers it in the best interest of members to attempt to include inservice education in the teacher contract, provisions may be negotiated to preserve existing programs and/or to develop new ones. If the association chooses the second course, the opportunity arises for developing policy changes in time allowances, reimbursement, teacher involvement in planning, instructional approaches, and program planning participation. Implementation of the program guidelines could be done using school district staff or a neutral joint committee composed of administrators and faculty. (MJB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Inservice Teacher Education, Local Issues, Negotiation Agreements, Organizational Effectiveness, Program Development, Teacher Associations, Teacher Participation
National Education Association, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Free)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.