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ERIC Number: ED406343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Strengths and Challenges of a Rural Professional Development Collaborative.
Hillkirk, Keith; And Others
Educators from public schools and universities in 13 southeastern Ohio counties formed the Southeastern Regional Professional Development Center (SERPDC) in 1991 to address the needs of rural teachers for purposeful professional interaction and staff development. In 1992, state funding was provided for the SERPDC center, serving the Appalachian area of Ohio. The area is poor but there is a strong tradition of self-reliance with a culture of sharing and a sense of interdependence. These have led to strong volunteer support and commitment to the center. Interviews with teachers have revealed these to be the greatest strengths of the center. Other perceived strengths are: the center's rural location and culture; effective collaboration between public school educators, institutions of higher education; and the sub-regional infrastructure that has fostered the intended sense of local responsiveness and ownership; teacher empowerment and leadership; and the center's emphasis on raising the level of local expertise instead of relying on outside experts. Since its beginning, a regional governance council has overseen administrative and support service concerns while decisions about staff development programming have remained with sub-regional planning groups that include a majority of teachers. Some challenges mentioned are frustration with the relationship between the Center and the State Department of Education; distress over a recent reconfiguration of regional center boundaries; and issues of accountability and evaluation. (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio