ERIC Number: ED425162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-17
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)
Descriptors: Action Research, College School Cooperation, Diversity (Student), Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Mentors, Parent School Relationship, Preservice Teacher Education, Public Schools, Students, Summer Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Teamwork
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: N/A