ERIC Number: ED422276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Eisenhower Professional Development Program: Emerging Themes from Six Districts. 1998.
Birman, Beatrice F.; Reeve, Alison L.; Sattler, Cheryl L.
This is the first report from a 3-year evaluation of Part B of the Eisenhower Professional Development Program, the U.S. Department of Education's single largest investment dedicated to developing teachers' knowledge and skills. The report presents 10 emerging themes about the program resulting from exploratory case studies of 6 school districts conducted in 1997. The case studies involved onsite visits, interviews, and focus groups with key players. Information is presented in six sections: (1) Introduction; (2) Types of Professional Development Activities Supported with Eisenhower Funds and their Connection to High-Quality Professional Development; (3) The Relationship Between the Eisenhower Program and Other Education Programs; (4) The Participation of Teachers of Diverse Student Populations; (5) Planning and Tracking Progress of the Eisenhower Program and the Role of Performance Indicators; and (6) Conclusions and the Implications for Subsequent Phases of this Evaluation. Results suggest that district officials are aware of some key elements of high quality professional development, including the importance of aligning professional development with high standards. They are moving toward funding more activities that fit current conceptions of high quality. However, reports from district administrators, teachers, and professional developers raise many questions that must be addressed. Three appendixes offer Eisenhower Program performance indicators; an overview of the evaluation of the Eisenhower Program; and selection criteria for sites and focus group participants. (Contains 47 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement, Teachers, Teaching Skills
Evaluation of the Eisenhower Professional Development Program, U.S. Department of Education, Planning and Evaluation Service, Room 4123, FOB10B, Washington, DC 20202; toll-free phone: 1-800-USA-LEARN; World Wide Web: http://www.ed.gov/office/OSU/eval/math1.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.