ERIC Number: ED471175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Beyond a Rite of Passage: Initiating An Alternative Master's Degree Program for Inservice Teachers.
Muchmore, James A.; Marx, Gary E.; Crowell, Ronald A.
This article describes an alternative master's degree program for inservice teachers which involves a collaboration between a large university and an urban school district. The program provides teachers with a rigorous and ongoing professional development experience that recognizes the context of their daily work and focuses on their specific needs, with the ultimate goal of improving the teaching and learning that occurs within the school district. Unique program features include the fact that it was delivered onsite to a group of beginning or newer teachers, content was designed around the expressed needs of the teachers, the school administrator and university faculty assumed new roles, content was provided in the context of ongoing professional experiences, outside consultants and local staff developers provided instruction along with university faculty, the school district paid all program costs, and the district and university were separated by 150 miles. This paper explains: how the partnership was established, its framework and goals, getting the program started, program structure and process, and successes and shortcomings. Overall, teachers valued the support they received from the cohort and became willing to try new things. University faculty felt the partnership enhanced their work. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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