ERIC Number: ED452166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Instructional and Organizational Change in a School District as the Result of a University Partnership.
Marx, Gary E.
This paper provides a district perspective on efforts by a college of education and a public school system to increase student achievement in an urban environment using a field-based master's degree program as the vehicle for teacher professional development. The partnership resulted in a unique delivery system for graduate instruction that was job-embedded and was offered to a cohort of elementary teachers as a component of the district's improvement plan. An assistant superintendent served a new role as program co-director, collaborated with university faculty, and helped mediate organizational contextual variables that might otherwise negatively affect teachers' ability to apply what they learned. A theoretical model of school capacity was adapted from the literature and used to frame a qualitative analysis of the impact of the program on the school system. Although it was too soon to observe changes in student achievement measures, there was emerging evidence that the program increased participants' knowledge and skills, positively enhanced the influence of the professional learning community on instructional practice, and improved coherence within the instructional program. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Dallas, TX, March 1-4, 2001).