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ERIC Number: EJ1002827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The Progressive Teaching Initiative: A Cohesive Model for School Transformation
Stewart, Peggy
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v78 n2 p36-40 Oct 2012
Educators want to make a difference for their students and have thoughts on how to strengthen their schools in light of the current education reform debate. But what if their ideas could have the sort of effect that the creation of the printing press had on universal learning or interchangeable parts had on manufacturing? With each of these discoveries, there seemed only a difference in efficiency, but in the end the difference was transformational. According to Robert Goodman, executive director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Progressive Teaching Initiative (PTI) can be that transformational in the field of education. This article provides a description of PTI based on Goodman's white paper, "The Progressive Teaching Initiative: A New Paradigm for Education." PTI is a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning that "represents a new paradigm for educational practice that results in a much greater level of student learning and teacher effectiveness as well as enhanced satisfaction for students, teachers, parents, and administrators." The initiative empowers teachers to take responsibility for student achievement and take actions to improve it. PTI teachers, based on student input, are incorporating change that is not directed from the top, but instead initiated from the foundation. They are moving away from an artisan model and toward an innovative 21st-century conduit of knowledge to meet the challenges of the modern era.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey