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ERIC Number: ED455228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Teacher-Led Professional Development Centers, Summer 2000, No. 2.
National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, Washington, DC.
This paper outlines a process to help state and local teacher associations and their partners: create a vision for teachers' professional development; identify partners; develop a plan for creating the professional development center; work effectively in partnership for extended periods of time; reach all teachers; and get results. After describing existing teaching center models, the paper explains that the models benefit from: stability deriving from legislation, inclusion in district or state budgets, and continuity of leadership in local teacher associations; direction by teachers and teacher-majority governing bodies that include other major stakeholders and partners; equal status and contributions from teachers and university faculty; emphasis on subject matter; and sufficient resources and equipment. The paper describes professional development centers of the new millennium, highlighting necessary characteristics (e.g., involving all teachers in the area, helping negotiate shifts in mandates, emphasizing standards for student learning, and being teacher-led). After describing organizational, political, and educational partners (unions, higher education, and business), the paper discusses professional development center governance and structure and offers suggestions for long-range funding strategies (e.g., lobby for legislative support, get a line item in the state budget, and get politicians to visit the program). (SM)
National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207. Tel: 202-822-7840; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, Washington, DC.