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ERIC Number: ED433309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 10
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Professional Development at Fitchburg State College: A Model for the 21st Century.
Gallant, Claudia; Colbert, Ronald; Zide, Michele Moran
This paper describes the Professional Development Center at Fitchburg State College, one of the nine colleges of Massachusetts' system of public higher education. The Center's mission emphasizes outreach to public schools in the area. Its tenets include: principles and goals of the whole system must be described and understood before meaningful change can occur; systems are affected from the bottom up and from the top down; instruction cannot improve systematically without administrative support; the relationship of the individual unit to the whole must be defined and be able to be transformed; change must be defined and understood from within the system; professional development programs can facilitate and help systems articulate and focus their needs (but do not define them); the most effective professional development programs respond to carefully defined needs of the systems; and effective school systems recognize the relationship between local choices and the effects of the choices on the nation and the world. This paper examines in detail six categories that implementation of the model falls into: special programs; conferences; systemic, district-based training, program support and followup, and leadership on current issues. For each category, the paper discusses the issue and presents the Center's response. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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