ERIC Number: ED412192
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Publication Date: 1997
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The Teachers' Academy: A Collaborative Approach to Preparing Teachers for Leadership Roles in the Public Schools.
Belcher, Chris; Vinson, Gene
In 1993, the Missouri Legislature passed the Outstanding Schools Act, providing funding to create nine regional professional development centers (RPDC's) throughout Missouri. The goal was to create a decentralized, responsive model for supporting public schools in meeting the Act's mandates and to offer natural links between teacher education programs, public schools, and the state department of education. In 1995-1996, Central Missouri State University and the Central RPDC planned the Central Teachers' Academy. The Academy's mission emphasized the belief that to change their own work and professional lives, teachers must seek deeper understanding of educational change and current issues emerging out of change. In 1996, 19 teachers from 12 school districts became the Academy's first class. The 13-month program included monthly informational meetings regarding school reform and an action research project by each teacher. After a 3-day retreat that included team-building activities, monthly meetings provided professional development in various areas. The action research component was integrated into the monthly meetings, and three additional meetings allowed for peer discussion and interaction concerning each member's action research. Informal evaluations at the end of the program indicated that the Academy was helpful in promoting positive change in teachers' classroom behavior. Descriptions of the Teachers' Academy, calendar of events, an application form, a letter, and a member reflection are appended. (SM)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Collegiality, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Leadership Training, Partnerships in Education, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, Teacher Improvement, Teamwork
Paper presented at the Summer Workshop of the Association of Teacher Educators (Las Vegas, NV, August 2-6, 1997).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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