ERIC Number: ED444994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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"9, 10, 11 Staircases, Any One of Which Will Get You Where You Need To Be": Odyssey of a Professional Developer.
Grose, Claudia; McNamara, Margaret; Lak, Charlotte
This paper documents the journey of a professional developer engaged and trained to support the implementation of a literacy innovation in an urban school district. The innovation, First Steps, is a systematic organization of best practices linking assessment and instruction, supported by an ongoing program of school-based professional development. First Steps employs a teacher of teachers professional development model. The story of the professional developer's experience over 4 years as a site-based tutor, set against the backdrop of a district-wide initiative to improve writing instruction, documents and illustrates the lessons learned, and questions raised, about the personal and professional trajectory of a professional developer in the context of school reform. The paper analyzes the way the professional development model played out in the context of one school, suggesting how the experiences, personality, concerns, and beliefs of the professional developer, as well as the nature of supports for that person, affected the outcome of the reform. The paper draws on the findings of a 3-year qualitative research project which used data from personal journals, written records and observations, tape recorded focus group discussions, and individual interviews. (Contains 51 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
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