ERIC Number: ED379248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Laboratory (P.D.L.) 1993-94.
The Professional Development Laboratory (P.D.L.) is a model for staff development in which experienced teachers serve as peer coaches for other teachers who want to refine their skills, learn and practice new skills, and share classroom techniques with one another, in selected New York City school districts. Visiting teachers spend 3 to 4 week cycles in the classrooms of resident teachers while their classes are covered by adjunct teachers. To evaluate the program, a survey of 45 teachers and 9 principals was conducted, and interviews were conducted with 2 teachers. P.D.L. resident teachers reported broadening their knowledge base, gaining skills as a coach/staff developer, and becoming more flexible and open to sharing and learning tools of the trade. Eighty percent of resident teachers expressed more satisfaction with their jobs as teachers since joining P.D.L. As a result of observing the resident teachers' classes, many of the visiting teachers made changes in classroom environment, materials, and teaching methods upon returning to their own classrooms. School principals were very positive and supportive of the P.D.L. Three narratives are presented to depict the program's flexibility in serving teachers with different needs. Recommendations for program improvement are offered. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Research.