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ERIC Number: ED425162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-17
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Project PREPARE: Collaborating for Professional Development and School Improvement.
Garmon, M. Arthur; Mariage, Troy V.
Project PREPARE (Professional Renewal and Educational Preparation through Action Research Experiences) is a multi-year, collaborative effort between public schools, a regional intermediate school district, and a university. Its purpose is to develop a collaborative site of inquiry and practice where there is an emphasis on professional preparation, professional development, and meeting the needs of diverse learners. The project involves six components: target area teams; grade-level intervention assistance teams for at-risk students; teacher study groups in which teachers conduct action research projects about facets of their teaching; a summer school program for lower-achieving students; home-school partnerships; and a mentor-intern program. Some of the changes that have become obvious after the first year of the project's implementation include (1) a reduction in the number of referrals of students to special education; (2) positive changes in the instruction of many teachers who are engaged in studying their own practice through the teacher study groups; (3) the invigorating effect of having intern teachers in the classrooms; and (4) the development of a culture of collaboration. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: N/A