ERIC Number: ED325475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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Professional Development for Teachers of "At-Risk" Students: A Comprehensive Plan.
Hollins, Etta R.
This paper presents a comprehensive program aimed at supporting public school teachers' role as scholars and engaging them as generators of new knowledge concerning at-risk students. Understanding the home culture and community life of at-risk students is a basic part of this program. These students represent a very diverse group from varying cultures, experiential backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and linguistic backgrounds. The curriculum should help these students maintain a sense of identity and personal worth and a feeling of connectedness with people like themselves as well as with those who are different. They should find a truthful representation of their cultural heritage within the curriculum. The content and process of professional development for teachers are discussed, and an urban teacher intern program is described to illustrate how an effective professional development program works. The goal of the program is to improve teachers' proficiency in using the experiences and competencies that at-risk students bring to school in ways that support and enhance learning. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Seminar (Kansas City, MO, June 21-23, 1990).