ERIC Number: ED232270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
PRISM: Pittsburgh Research-Based Instructional Supervisory Model. A Staff Development Program.
Wallace, Richard C., Jr.
Addressing the Pittsburgh public school system's need for staff evaluation, Pittsburgh's Research-Based Instructional Supervisory Model (PRISM) is an adaptation of Madeline Hunter's materials on effective teaching and Theodore Forte's synthesis of Hunter's materials in his "Workshop on Instructional Skills." While total PRISM implementation consists of three stages, PRISM stage 1's use of the Hunter/Forte model in an ongoing staff development program itself consists of two training stages. Following training stage 1's emphasis on presentation and discussion of the model's theory, stage 2 allows participants to see how the model can be applied in daily instruction. Initially, in 1981-82, 82 Pittsburgh public school principals, 55 instructional supervisors, and a small cadre of effective teachers received training. In 1982-83, other teachers were trained, so that by the end of the school year PRISM was disseminated as a performance evaluation standard throughout the system. PRISM 2 focuses on developing leadership skills required of principals and superintendents; PRISM 3 involves the establishment of teacher centers for secondary, elementary, and middle schools. Although PRISM 3 has yet to be implemented, PRISM 1 and 2 have met with a universally enthusiastic response. (JBM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement, Models, Personnel Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, Standards, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Models, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Public Schools, PA.