ERIC Number: ED417949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Ideas That Work: Mathematics Professional Development.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, Columbus, OH.
Professional development allows prospective teachers to develop their professional skills in order to help students achieve higher standards. The need for more challenging mathematics content for students means that teachers will also have to learn more challenging mathematics content and how to teach it. This document suggests new ways of designing and implementing effective professional development to reach these goals for those who have some responsibility for designing or conducting professional development programs or initiatives. This publication may also be of interest to teachers selecting their own learning opportunities, evaluators interested in what to look for in effective programs, and funding sources that appreciate guidance in the kinds of programs that have the greatest likelihood of success. This publication is designed for anyone interested in "breaking set" with traditional schemes for professional development and exploring new designs for learning. It can be used to identify what works in professional development. While the strategies contained in Section I will help designers of professional development opportunities, they are included so that educators can identify elements of programs that will lead to new ways of teacher and student learning and improved student achievement. Strategies, additional resources, and the example programs all provide educators with a grounding in how to select programs and where to go for additional information. Section II provides a description of each strategy including the elements necessary for design and implementation along with issues for educators to consider. The discussion of each strategy concludes with a real-life example of the strategy in action. Section III features lengthier descriptions of existing programs that effectively combine several of the Strategies for Professional Development including programs honored in the U.S. Department of Education's National Awards Program for Model Professional Development. Section IV contains brief descriptive and contact information for organizations and professional development projects that are working to offer educators training and information. (ASK)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, Columbus, OH.