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ERIC Number: ED465720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 12
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Professional Organizational Enhancement Program: One Urban District's Answer.
Hayes, Karen
This paper describes how one large, urban school district is successfully building a quality program for educators by combining organizational development, job embedded learning, and collaboration. POET (Professional Organizational Enhancement Training) works to improve learning by enhancing working environments in schools and departments. It emphasizes collaboration between schools and departments to maximize the opportunity for change and create environments districtwide that encourage change. It strives to strengthen collegial relationships and improve interpersonal communications, following a set of strategies for effective adult learning (e.g., adult education should have a climate of respect, have a collaborative mode, foster participation, and foster learning for action). As a first step, the POET team conducts a school needs assessment. The POET model follows the National Staff Development Council's indicators for effective staff development and follows their beliefs (e.g., change creates opportunities for growth, trust is vital for individual and organization development, and diversity strengthens). POET has helped this district build a community within its schools and departments. Formative evaluations show how POET brings a shared sense of vision, increased camaraderie, mutual trust and respect, positive communication, and positive climate. Districtwide, it has helped participants feel good about themselves and learning to collaborate. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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