ERIC Number: ED251904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
PRISM--Pittsburgh's Research Based Instructional Supervisory Model for Staff Development.
PRISM, the Pittsburgh Research-Based Instructional Supervisory Model, was initiated when the superintendent convened an Instructional Leadership Committee (ILC) to develop a plan for improving instruction and instructional leadership within the district. The Pittsburgh Public Schools' Learning Research Development Center then conducted a districtwide needs assessment on which the ILC based its 3- to 5-year implementation program. On the basis of this program, the four assistant directors for staff development prepared a plan of action. In consultation with selected administrators and teachers, the Staff Development Team (SDT) established a training program applicable to all Pittsburgh public schools and at all grade levels. Following several 1-day administrator inservice meetings, a total of 200 administrators were trained in 5-day inservice sessions conducted by the SDT for groups of no more than 40. Following sets of recommendations developed by the ILC and the SDT, PRISM is working toward a personnel evaluation plan for wider school-based implementation. The PRISM training process has followup components for every phase and is built on a sequence of five components essential to any staff program: (1) presentation of theory, (2) modeling or demonstration, (3) practice under simulated conditions, (4) structured feedback, and (5) coaching for application. (JBM)
Descriptors: Administrators, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Improvement Programs, Inservice Education, Instructional Improvement, Leadership, Long Range Planning, Management Development, Professional Development, Professional Training, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Staff Development
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.