ERIC Number: ED439139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Professional Development: A Key to Kentucky's Reform Effort.
Borko, Hilda; Elliott, Rebekah; Uchiyama, Kay
This paper describes the Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE's) multi-faceted approach to professional development and provides evidence for its impact on schools' achievement of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) goals. Data are drawn from the exemplary case study component of a larger research project. Many Kentucky school districts are located in remote rural areas, accessible only by mountain roads. To reach these districts, the KDE relied on a system of nine regional service centers that provided a wide variety of services to districts, schools, and individual teachers. To supplement the work of these centers, KDE developed materials and activities specifically designed to meet the emerging needs of teachers as they worked to achieve KERA goals. All four case study schools exhibited a strong commitment to professional development. They used professional development resources to enhance their instructional programs in areas explicitly connected to KERA, such as curriculum alignment and development of materials and activities keyed to the core content standards. Teachers at each school served in leadership roles in the KDE Division of Portfolio Initiatives professional development activities. Using state resources and opportunities, these schools created extensive professional development programs to suit the specific needs of their teachers and students. Recommendations are given for approaches to professional development that seem to hold promise for facilitating statewide standards-based educational reform efforts. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990