ERIC Number: ED355233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Professional Development School. A Commonsense Approach to Improving Education. A Report of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Forum.
Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Fort Worth, TX.
In 1990, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Forum was established to function as a design team to consider the critical features of a professional development school (PDS) and the important principles which should be taken into account in creating and field testing the PDS concept. This report emerged from the design team's deliberations. Establishing professional development schools is a strategy for transforming both teacher education programs and schools in response to the crisis in American schooling. The PDS represents a new kind of school in many respects; it borrows from the medical model of teaching hospitals. The primary goal of the PDS is the intellectual engagement and development of all members of its community: students, teachers, administrators, professors, and future educators. The PDS embraces democratic values and is characterized by collegiality, collaboration, and professionalism among educators. For the PDS to succeed, it must be supported by the district, the university, the community, and the state. Appended are a history of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Forum, notes on the authors, and a list of discussants. (Contains 20 references.) (IAH)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Collegiality, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Professional Development Schools, School Role
Sid W. Richardson Foundation, 309 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102-4088.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Fort Worth, TX.