ERIC Number: ED262397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
An Effective In-Service Model.
McKown, Dale L.
Teachers and administrators in a midwestern school district met to assess the reasons for negative attitudes toward the district's staff inservice program. They agreed that the program's goals were too broad, the sessions were (for the most part) designed to motivate teachers to try but not to master a particular teaching skill or strategy, the sessions were too short for teachers to grasp thoroughly the concepts presented, and staff input into the inservice process would make the sessions more useful. A subsequent inservice planning committee developed the following inservice guidelines: (1) curriculum evaluation committees must provide an inservice component to address any recommended program changes, (2) resulting inservice objectives and costs must be outlined and presented to a district inservice committee that will determine priorities, (3) inservice will extend through at least one school year to allow for feedback and follow-up, and (4) inservice programs will provide periodic formal evaluation sessions. In the first phase of the inservice model adopted by the committee, inservice objectives for a particular area are established. In the second phase, compatibility, availability, and costs are determined by the appropriate consultants. In the third phase, consultants present the theoretical basis for the skills, strategies, or methods in operation; provide demonstration sessions; offer assistance as teachers practice new methods in inservice sessions and in the classrooms; present follow-up sessions; and provide assistance as inservice participants share sessions with other staff members. In the fourth phase, committee members and consultants evaluate the inservice process, and in the fifth phase, "mentor" teachers provide subsequent inservice for new staff. The model was applied to an elementary reading in-service program and was found to be successful. (HTH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Needs Assessment, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Reading Instruction, Staff Development, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (30th, New Orleans, LA, May 5-9, 1985).