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ERIC Number: ED211449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Developing Professional Improvement Plans--A Strategy for Staff Development.
Barell, John
An inservice program for teachers involves a peer group strategy for helping them set goals and experiment with new teaching behaviors. This supportive inservice model proceeds from the premise that meaningful change occurs when the individual perceives a need for change. The major component of this program is a support group of tenured teachers meeting weekly for one school semester. The function of the group is to establish a non-threatening environment where individuals can pose problems and work through possible solutions. Each teacher works in his or her own area of interest. Participants formulate a personal set of priorities by clarifying their own concepts of teacher roles they most identify with. With the help of a visiting consultant, teachers are observed by their peers by means of videotape recordings. The opportunity is given them to evaluate how their own classroom performance measures up to their previously identified priorities and role perceptions. The final element in this process, the generation of a professional improvement plan, is also done within the support group. These plans, similar to ones developed for children in special education, consist of objectives, resources, and activities for the teacher, and timelines for accomplishment. These become the responsibility of each participant once the inservice group completes its work at the end of the semester. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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