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ERIC Number: ED464774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Providing Professional Development for Rural Educators.
Haar, Jean
Rural schools that reorganize themselves as genuine learning communities can develop and maintain a professional development process that benefits staff and students. Key components of a learning community are trust, respect, and collegiality. In schools that have become learning communities, teams of educators work collaboratively in structures that enable them to share responsibility for student learning. Teams may engage in study groups, action research, collective development of learning standards, or collective assessment of student work. In this way, the teacher's everyday work becomes a form of high-quality professional development. Excerpts from the literature emphasize the importance of professional development for increasing student achievement, promoting innovation and school improvement, and replenishing the minds and spirits of teachers. Planning for staff development should begin with the end in mind. Clarification of the purpose, vision, values, and goals of the school provides a framework for planning and implementing professional development. Staff development that aims to affect student learning requires familiarity with the standards or expectations for student learning and the careful disaggregation and analysis of student performance data. Research-based recommendations are listed for providing quality professional development for rural educators. (Contains 15 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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