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ERIC Number: ED467062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 313
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center "Nurturing Teacher Leadership" Evaluation Study, February-April, 2001.
Nighswander, James K.; Cherkasky-Davis, Lynn; Bearden, Allen
The Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL) program offers professional development and candidate support to cohort groups of Chicago teachers who wish to pursue National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. The 13-month program provides candidates with technical support, mentoring, financial assistance, resource materials, and weekly professional development sessions. This study examined how well NTL teachers performed on the 12 Dimensions of Teaching Expertise and on the 11 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. The study also noted how NTL teachers contributed to their schools and the learning community; why they sought the certification; factors contributing to the NTL project's success; how principals, peers, students, and parents perceived NTL certified teachers; and whether NTL teachers improved student achievement over time. Data were collected via observation instruments, surveys, student work samples, and interviews. Results indicated that the 14 participating teachers were, as a group, exemplary teachers. Upon every criterion upon which judgements were made, NTL teachers were rated as highly distinguished. They showed evidence of using best practices in teaching. NTL teachers made significant contributions to the learning community. They cited peer support and professional development as key elements in their success. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A