ERIC Number: ED353739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Major Work Partnership Model of Teacher Training for Gifted Education. A Program Guide.
This report provides guidelines for replicating a project of the Cleveland (Ohio) Public Schools, called the "Major Work Partnership," which paired experienced teachers of gifted classes with teachers of regular elementary classes for the purpose of improving the regular teachers' skills in gifted education. The mentorship component of the project served as a renewal experience for both mentors and mentees. For mentors, it provided an invigorating review of their procedures and philosophies. For mentees, it enabled them to provide more appropriate interactive instruction for gifted students in their classes as well as to adapt gifted education strategies for their regular students. The project also involved a series of university courses in education of gifted and talented students in urban settings, and an inservice program to supplement the mentorship component and provide a forum for feedback and a mechanism for support. Both the university and mentorship components of the program increased the pool of qualified and interested teachers for future staffing of Major Work classes (classes for gifted students) and upgraded the professional credentials of Cleveland teachers in gifted education. The report outlines goals and objectives, the program's theoretical construct, implementation steps and timeline, and projected costs. Appendixes contain application forms, needs assessment forms, classroom visitation forms, and other administrative items. (JDD)
Descriptors: Consultation Programs, Elementary Education, Gifted, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Mentors, Modeling (Psychology), Models, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Program Development, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Experience, Teaching Models
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Public Schools, OH.