ERIC Number: ED420662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Schools as a Catalyst for Reform. Restructuring Texas Teacher Education Series 2.
Resta, Virginia K.
This report examines the first generation of professional development schools (PDSs) sponsored by the Centers for Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT) in Texas, noting challenges faced, issues raised, and lessons learned. Section 1 offers an introduction and overview. Section 2 presents the background of the PDS. Section 3, Texas CPDT and the Development of PDSs, discusses cultural differences between universities and schools, planning of PDSs, and stages of development. Section 4, An Evolving PDS: McCallum High School, describes service learning projects, professional development opportunities, and opportunities for scholarly inquiry. Section 5 discusses the PDS as a Catalyst for Restructuring Teacher Preparation. Section 6, the PDS as a Catalyst for Restructuring Schools, examines professional development and the PDS as a learning community. Section 7, the PDS as a Catalyst for Generating Knowledge, discusses PDS research strategies. Section 8, The Role of Technology in the PDS, examines technological resources of PDSs, technology as a catalyst for change in PDSs, the effect of PDS technology on school students' performance, and sustaining the technology infusion. Section 9, Benefits of Joint Ownership, discusses school-university collaboration, changes in school-university perceptions and roles, increased mutual understanding, and strengthening of collaboration. Section 10 presents Challenges to PDSs. Section 11, Need for Continuing Support, discusses university, school district, and state support. (Contains 31 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Public Schools, Student Teaching, Teacher Improvement
State Board for Educator Certification, 1001 Trinity, Austin, TX 78701.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Board for Educator Certification, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas