ERIC Number: ED425142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
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Professional Development Schools: What Do We Know? What Do We Need To Know? How Do We Find Out? Who Do We Tell?
This paper addresses four questions about Professional Development Schools (PDSs). Regarding question 1, "What do we know?", there are approximately 1,035 P-12 schools designated as PDSs in 47 states. Research indicates that the PDSs help bridge the gap between university- and school-based educators. They also help practicing teachers experience greater professional growth and offer preservice teachers greater confidence in their skills and knowledge and more support during initial preparation. Regarding question 2, "What do we need to know?", five areas need attention: Do PDSs produce improvements in learning? What happens to teacher candidates who complete their initial preparation in PDSs? What does it cost to implement the complete range of PDS activities, and how does that compare to traditional approaches? How do we ensure that the benefits for PDS programs are not restricted to more affluent schools? What are PDSs doing to broaden the participation of neglected stakeholders? Regarding question 3, "How do we find out?", there must be a two-step approach involving (1) deliberation and self-study and (2) developing and implementing appropriate mechanisms and procedures for documenting and evaluating PDS effectiveness in critical areas. Regarding question 4, "Who do we tell?", it is important to tell colleagues, peers, students, parents, community members, administrators, policy makers, legislators, funders, and all PDS and non-PDS educators. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Professional Development School Conference (Baltimore, MD, October 16, 1998).