ERIC Number: ED374515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Calculating the Costs of Restructuring: A Tale of Two Professional Development Schools.
Wolfe, Jody Messinger; And Others
In 1989, West Virginia University initiated a project to create a new vision for teacher education and for schools in West Virginia. With the support of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation of Pittsburgh, the school partnership is based on the Holmes Group concept of professional-development schools (PDSs), which provides a vehicle for school restructuring and teachers' active engagement with teacher education. This paper describes the first-year experiences of two participating schools--one elementary and one high school--to illustrate the average activities and costs of PDS implementation. Costs were incurred for the following cross-site project activities: teacher education centers, a cross-site steering committee, professional-development networks, a research team, and overall project administration. Findings suggest that restructuring is an expensive enterprise, involving a variety of resources and costs, some of which are difficult to calculate. In the first year, the high school spent $58,000 and the elementary school spent $48,000 to fund activities related to restructuring. These are conservative estimates of how much reform may cost annually, though it is difficult to generalize the amounts to all schools. Seven sample budgets are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).