ERIC Number: ED351523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Helping Vocational and Academic Teachers Collaborate To Improve Students' Reading and Writing Skills: An Over-Time Inservice Activity.
Schmidt, B. June; Beeken, Lois A.
Staff development was provided for academic and vocational teachers interested in improving their students' reading and writing skills. The first step was to examine the need. Survey data collected from students and vocational program completers from Southern Regional Education Board-Vocational Education Consortium pilot site schools revealed a need for more attention to reading and writing skills. A Reading/Writing Institute was undertaken to address these concerns. The second step involved working with a task force to develop long-range plans. A general framework for the inservice activities was planned. During the third step, teams (identified by pilot-site coordinators) composed of a language arts teacher and a vocational teacher who were committed to improving the reading and writing competencies of students in vocational programs would implement strategies learned at the institute, and would provide leadership and instruction to other teachers. The fourth and fifth steps included conducting face-to-face inservice sessions and preparing and distributing newsletters. During the 2-day institute, 125 participants learned to use a number of different reading and writing strategies. They met with others from their states and pilot sites to formulate plans of action for the coming school year. The evaluation step consisted of a survey of use of the strategies. A problem with offering over-time staff development was high turnover of participants in a conference setting. (YLB)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Educational Cooperation, English Teacher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Language Arts, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading Skills, Secondary Education, Student Improvement, Teaching Methods, Technical Writing, Vocational Education Teachers, Writing Skills
NCRVE Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (order no. MDS-299: $2).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: A Technical Assistance Report. For a related document, see CE 062 340.