ERIC Number: ED360112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
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Issues in Establishing Rural Professional Development Schools.
Francis, Raymond W.
Six professional development achools (PDS) have been established in rural West Virginia as a result of an education reform effort. Two junior high schools, two elementary schools, and two high schools have been participating for the past 2 years in restructuring efforts that involve collaboration between public school teachers and university faculty. Project goals include restructuring of the teacher preparation curriculum at West Virginia University (WVU) and the establishment of PDS emphasizing site-based decision making and the development of school visions. Data concerning the project were obtained from meeting minutes of the Cross-Site Steering Committee (CSSC), work session notes, focus-group interviews, individual interviews, and CSSC participants' written responses to open-ended questions. The major issues emerging from the data were: (1) defining what a PDS was and understanding the concept; (2) understanding "who is in charge of the process" and moving toward collaboration; (3) developing relationships among PDS sites and between PDS sites and WVU representatives; and (4) maintaining PDS sites through continued funding, increased participation, and an atmosphere of trust and open communication. The keys to development and maintenance of PDS are the existence of true collaborative activities, thorough planning, consistent communication, a commitment by all those involved, and a belief that the process is important. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia