ERIC Number: ED366581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-13
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Laboratory (P.D.L.), 1992-93. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
The Professional Development Laboratory (P.D.L.) is a collaborative teacher development program in New York City which promotes collegiality and provides an environment in which new and experienced teachers can update skills, learn and practice new skills, and share classroom techniques with one another. Participants spent 3 to 4 weeks in the classrooms of experienced P.D.L. resident teachers while their classes were covered by adjunct teachers. Participants refined and updated their skills in such areas as classroom management, guided reading, whole language, positive disciplining, and teaching writing to limited-English-proficient/bilingual children. After the lab experience, follow-up visits to the participants' classrooms were arranged by the resident teachers. Participants shared their experiences with their colleagues by inviting them to observe their classes and by sharing information and materials. A total of 60 surveys were mailed, and about 15 teachers (25 percent) responded to the survey. Ninety-three percent of the responding teachers expressed satisfaction with the program. Participants reported making changes in their classroom management and structure, their teaching methodologies, and their attitudes. As a result, teachers noticed improvement in the learning environment and in their students' motivation, interest, and ability to work independently. Four recommendations for program expansion and improvement are offered. (JDD)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development Schools, Professional Training, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Teacher Centers, Teacher Improvement, Urban Education
Office of Research Evaluation, and Assessment, 110 Livingston Street, Room 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.