ERIC Number: ED334671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-1
Designing Meaningful Professional Development: A Planning Tool. Field Test Version. Program Report Series.
Olson, Thomas A.; And Others
There is growing public recognition that the most important route to educational improvement is through enhancing the skills and status of adults who work within the education system. The purpose of this document is to provide a resource to school personnel who are attempting to improve their professional development efforts; hence both sections of the document are designed to be used as a research "briefing" for teachers and administrators. The first section provides a brief review of what is known about successful learners and then reviews research findings about effective practices that help at-risk students become successful learners. The second section leads planning groups through a series of discussions and self-analyses regarding standards for effective professional development. The standards are organized around what is known about adult learners, effective professional development program characteristics, and organizational processes that facilitate professional development. Both sections provide self-assessment instruments to allow schools and districts to reflect on the current status of their professional development strategies. (131 references) (EJS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.