ERIC Number: EJ1001516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Reference Count: 4
Rebel with a Cause: A Pioneer in the Field Reflects on the Evolution of Professional Learning Communities
Murphy, Carlene U.
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n3 p43-44, 52 Jun 2012
A revolution took place in staff development in the late 1980s and into the 1990s. It was not reported on the evening news. Very few knew it was happening. The author was a rebel, along with others she had not yet met, in the rebellion that resulted in learning communities, the dominant form of professional development today. In 1978, the superintendent asked Carlene Murphy to fill a new position that he planned to recommend to the board of education. This position was director of staff development. She views the 14 years she served as the lead staff developer in Augusta, Ga., in three stages. For the first few years, she was a logistics organizer, designer of credit activities, registrar, and contractor for speakers and presenters. The second stage was the push for school-based staff development--not to be confused with establishing learning communities. The third stage began in 1986, when her frustration with the status quo was at its highest, and, lucky her, she was in the right place at the right time. The author shares this look into her past because she thinks it mirrors how the field of professional development has evolved over the past 30 years.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Staff Development, Career Development, Consultants, Consultation Programs, School Districts, School Administration, Communities of Practice, Occupational Information, Educational Change
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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