ERIC Number: ED255583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Education and Computer Centers, 1983-84 Evaluation Report.
Brandes, Barbara; Padia, William
In 1983, the California Legislature authorized and funded 15 Teacher Education and Computer Centers (TECCs) to provide staff development services to teachers and administrators. Incorporating earlier staff development programs into a single statewide system, TECCs provide: (1) computer technology instruction, including classroom applications; (2) teaching methodology training; (3) mathematics and science training; and (4) strategies and training for site-based staff development programs, including administering the AB 55l staff development grants. In addition, the SMERC (San Mateo Educational Resources Center) Library Computer Center (San Mateo County) provides an educational software library and clearinghouse to assist TECCs with software evaluation. This mandatory annual evaluation report describes the TECCs major accomplishments and challenges using data from site visits, interviews (with TECC staff, policy board members, and State Department of Education and Legislative staff), evaluation surveys, data base services and training documentation, and document analysis. While the TECCs are already a high payoff investment in educational reform, this report recommends (1) reallocating funds within TECCs to increase curriculum and capacity-building services; (2) strengthening the TECC Network through comprehensive planning, closer cooperation with the State Department of Education, and an improved data base for service documentation; and (3) legislative action to increase staff development incentives. Appendices contain: (1) TECC statutory authorization; (2) three evaluation instruments; and (3) a summary of 1983-84 TECC evaluation survey results. (BS)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Education Service Centers, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Needs, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Mathematics Instruction, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Staff Development, State Programs, State Surveys, Teaching Methods
California State Department of Education, 721 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814-4785.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.