ERIC Number: ED380432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-15
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Partnering with Schools, Districts and Educators for Effective and Continuing Professional Development.
Welch, Frances C.; Tisdale, Pamela C.
The Professional Development in Education Program at the University of Charleston (South Carolina) was developed to make meaningful connections between K-12 and higher education faculty. The program began in 1985 when school districts in the coastal region of South Carolina agreed to collaborate and cooperate to improve, increase, and enhance professional development opportunities for educators. It has evolved into a system that is flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide variety of educators in many settings yet structured enough to meet the academic regulations of an institution of higher education. A central feature of the program allows districts, schools, or individuals to request specialized courses that carry graduate credit. These are developed according to the requester's needs while the university's requirements are met through an approval and review process. Instructors must meet university employment criteria; when they do not, a college faculty member may serve as a mentor or co-teacher. Program strengths include quick response to educators' needs, teachers-teaching-teachers, possibility for in-depth study and review of an area, strong application and evaluation possibilities for new approaches, and active involvement of university faculty in school restructuring. Since 1989 over 650 sections of courses have been offered with over 13,500 educators enrolled. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina