ERIC Number: ED231084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
A Staff Development Model for Changing School Climate.
Gress, James R.; And Others
Based on the assumption that staff development is an essential element in changing school climate and must be collaborative and participative, this program also incorporated the theory that raising participant expectations will improve school climate. The University of Toledo and the Springfield Local Schools in Holland, Ohio, in 1979-80 jointly initiated the program to improve learning opportunities and improve personnel development. It began with a school needs assessment by staff, students, and community, and establishment of goals by school staff assisted by college faculty. Onsite courses and workshops were then designed to fulfill goals. Teacher interns were integrated into the program. A study was undertaken to validate implementation of the staff development model and assess its impact on school climate. Data were gathered from quarterly reports and other feedback from course and workshop planning groups, curriculum committees, intern supervisory team members, and school district staff; surveys of parents and community residents; issues of the community newsletter; and minutes of project planning groups. Findings of the study demonstrate that the project was effective in addressing identified school improvement needs. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).