ERIC Number: ED444233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Beyond the Professional Development School Model: The Professional Development District.
Markowitz, Nancy Lourie; Whittaker, Andrea
This paper examines the conditions of university/districtwide partnering that can aid systemic public education change. It introduces a university/school partnership known as the Triple "L" (Lifelong Learning and Leadership) Collaborative. The text details shared responsibility, shared accountability, alignment of teacher-performance standards, multiple linkages across people and programs, and relationship building. It discusses how these conditions are embedded in a professional-development district model and analyzes the effects of a development district partnership on student learning, adult learning, and institutional change. It presents the necessary conditions for school reform and outlines the goals of the Triple "L" Collaborative, which are: develop a seamless continuum of inquiry-based professional development at all levels of teacher development, promote teachers' capacity to provide leadership at their school, support research and evaluate efforts continuously, and implement and sustain redesign at both the university and the district and school-site levels. Some of the elements that are analyzed in detail are preservice preparation, a school/university full-intern program, new teacher support, an Master of Arts in education with an emphasis in teacher leadership, and linkages among adults, programs, and institutions. Three tables depict data sources and preliminary findings and summarize key data-collection processes. (Contains 19 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999). Presenters were Edwin Diaz, Brenda Fikes, Suzie Henriod, Michael Kass, Marty Krovetz, Dina Lee, Jody Latter, and Dale Mitchell. Discussants were Linda Lambert and Ann Lieberman.