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ERIC Number: EJ766691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
A View of the Future: Teamwork Is Daily Work
McAdamis, Sue
Journal of Staff Development, v28 n3 p43, 45-47 Sum 2007
Professional development in Rockwood School District, a suburban school district outside St. Louis, Missouri, in 1997 was focused on individual teacher development rather than organizational development. Staff learning activities were fragmented. Teachers participated in a variety of unrelated topics the district offered from month to month. An "expert" typically conveyed information to the teachers. The quality of these sessions was measured by surveying participants' satisfaction, not by the activity's impact on student learning. As a result, most teachers' attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs were that professional development was not a productive use of their time. The district valued professional development, yet had not provided schools with the support they needed to get the best results from their efforts. A new level of accountability was needed--and a change in culture. In 1999, an evaluation of the professional development program resulted in the school district developing new guidelines for what constitutes high-quality professional development at the school sites. In 2000, a committee designed the district's first set of guidelines, aligned with the National Staff Development Council's Standards for Staff Development. These guidelines are meant to provide a framework for results-driven, job-embedded, standards-based professional development in the Rockwood School District. In 2007, teachers are now working in teams examining student work, planning common units, designing common assessments, and sharing instructional strategies. Principals and teachers have analyzed disaggregated student achievement data to determine school improvement and professional development goals. They have pinpointed gaps in individual students' learning and identified instructional strategies to help students improve.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri