ERIC Number: ED438255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Professional Development: Learning from the Best. A Toolkit for Schools and Districts Based on the National Awards Program for Model Professional Development.
This publication provides a step-by-step guide to help schools and districts implement strong, sustainable professional development that drives achievement of student learning goals. The toolkit is based on the experiences of national professional development award winning schools and districts. The most common thread among the winners is that most of them underwent significant change in the 1990s, focusing either on whole-school reform or major professional development changes. This guide tells schools and teachers how to get involved, put ideas into action, prepare to work hard and work collaboratively, recognize that it is not necessary to be an expert, and use a variety of resources. The toolkit focuses on four important steps: designing professional development; implementing professional development; evaluating and improving professional development; and sharing professional development learning. Four appendixes present U.S. Department of Education award criteria and actions, professional development resources, national awards program for model professional development winner profiles, and what the research says about professional development that works. Fourteen action planner tools are included. (Contains 41 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Teacher Improvement
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.