ERIC Number: ED264221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development: An Advisory Approach.
Leigh, Cindy; Thompson, Brenda
The Advisory Model of Staff Development, developed in the Jackson (Mississippi) Public School System, consists of three primary components, each interacting with the others. The System-Wide Staff Development plan is prepared by a committee composed of teachers, administrators, school-board members and laypersons. This insures equity of staff development since information is presented in the same way to each staff in the district. The Personalized School Plan operates in three areas: (1) the staff writes a school improvement plan each year based on needs assessment; (2) teachers individually select objectives for their own growth and development; and (3) the principal and staff maintain the right to advance spontaneous issues or concerns. The school principal, a university representative, and team leaders work together on the advisory program. With the university person acting as mentor, the advisors support and nurture all staff members and advance the staff development program. The university advisor performs the following services: (1) conducts staff development workshop sessions in conjunction with the principal; (2) provides resources for classroom themes, projects, or personal growth topics; (3) conducts problem-solving conferences as requested by the principal or individual staff members; (4) establishes communication lines between teachers; and (5) gives in-class assistance as requested by teachers. Areas of overlap in these functions are discussed as they function to reinforce collegial sharing. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of The National Council of States on Inservice Education (Denver, CO, November, 1985).