ERIC Number: ED438265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
State Programs for Funding Teacher Professional Development.
Ward, James G.; St. John, Edward P.; Laine, Sabrina W. M.
State mandates for teacher professional development and continuing education, and funding for those mandates are a high profile topic in the North Central region. Examination of specific state requirements for professional development, the relationship among professional development, teacher certification, and continued employment, and direct state payments to teachers for professional development are critical to better understand state policy. The study investigated what funds were available for professional development from state and federal sources in the various states; how those funds were allocated to intermediate entities and local districts; and what requirements were imposed by the states for the expenditure of the funds. An analysis of six states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio) indicates that some states used intermediate school districts or intermediate service agencies for the design and delivery of teacher professional development. Most states had continued certification requirements that had to be met for continued employment in the state. Six patterns emerge as researchers examine state responses regarding issues making up the policy context for state-funded teacher professional development. Policymakers need to ask how instrument will translate into desired school outcomes, and what types of policy mechanics will best serve their purposes. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Public Education, State Aid, State Government, State Programs, Teacher Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Michigan; Minnesota; Ohio