ERIC Number: ED450479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
How To Rebuild a Local Professional Development Infrastructure. Getting Better by Design, Volume 4.
Haslam, M. Bruce
Professional development is the cornerstone of school transformation. The first part of this two-part paper describes the professional development experiences of several hundred teachers and administrators in schools implementing New American Schools (NAS) designs and discusses the links between these professional development experiences and key elements of district policy. The second part of the paper draws on the lessons from these experiences to provide a step-by-step guide for districts' use in creating a professional development infrastructure to support whole-school transformation. Early findings from the evaluation of implementation of the NAS designs indicate that the designs pose seven challenges to teachers. To be successful in implementing the designs teachers need to learn how to become facilitators; to develop student potential; to allocate resources to support instruction; to straddle the boundaries between school, home, and community; to develop curriculum; to work in teams; and to participate actively in school governance. (Contains 2 references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Experience, Learning Strategies, Policy Formation, Professional Development, Public Schools, School Administration, School Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: New American Schools Development Corp.