ERIC Number: ED432562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Together. Professional Development for Better Schools.
Bull, Barry; Buechler, Mark
This document presents a set of principles for effective professional development and a series of practical suggestions to help schools and school districts implement these principles. The document also profiles several Indiana schools and programs that exemplify the type of school-based approach to professional development that is so promising. Information comes from a review of research on professional development; discussions with experts nationwide; focus groups with Indiana teachers, principals, and professionals representing other organizations; and a review process that involved teachers, principals, superintendents, and representatives of educational service centers, professional organizations, and the Indiana Department of Education. Chapter 1 presents "Principles of Effective Professional Development." Chapter 2 discusses "A Framework for Effective Professional Development" (trust, time, and recognition). Chapter 3 offers "An Action Plan for Effective Professional Development." The action plan involves identifying the school's improvement needs and priorities; establishing a reservoir of resources; establishing school improvement teams; providing initial support for school improvement teams; operating school improvement teams; maintaining communication and meaningful accountability; and establishing new priorities. Chapter 4 focuses on "Rethinking the Role of Central School District Actors: School Boards, Administrators, and Unions" (policy, funding, and assistance). (Contains 27 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Administrators, Boards of Education, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Financial Support, Leadership, State Departments of Education, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Role, Time Management, Trust (Psychology), Unions
Indiana Education Policy Center, Smith Center for Research in Education, Suite 170, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698; Tel: 812-855-1240; Web site: http://www.indiana.edu/~iepc/welcome.html
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana