ERIC Number: ED369193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
State Incentive Grant High School/State Incentive Grant. Staff Development Program (SIG) 1992-93. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
The goal of the High School/State Incentive Grant (SIG) Staff Development program of the New York City Board of Education in 1992-93 was to increase the knowledge levels and competencies of teachers and paraprofessionals assigned to special education classes, by offering a variety of training options for all eligible personnel. The program was evaluated through observation of workshops and participant surveys. Workshops covered such topics as desktop publishing, science curriculum, creative writing, the use of digraphs in teaching word sounds, coping with stress, and stress management. The ratings of the observing evaluator and the participants were high. A follow-up survey of participants revealed that their workshop experiences were applied in the classroom and were beneficial to them and/or their students. A survey of members of the District Advisory Committees, which implemented the staff development program, identified strategies, practices, and policies that impacted on SIG participation. The dissemination of interest inventories to special education staff and the distribution of SIG flyers and schedules were the most commonly used strategies. Factors that had the most positive impact on participation were per session rate workshops, centrally located workshops, and popular topics. Factors having a negative impact were workshops without reimbursement, trainee rate workshops, and workshops scheduled during school hours. Recommendations for program improvement are offered. Appendixes provide more detailed study results. (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, High Schools, Incentive Grants, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Participant Satisfaction, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, State Aid, Workshops
Student Progress Evaluation Unit, 110 Livingston, St., Room 734, 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.