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ERIC Number: EJ766988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Staff Development: Finding the Right Fit
Standerfer, Leslie
Principal Leadership, v6 n4 p16-20 Dec 2005
Three years ago, when the author joined the staff of Agua Fria High School in Phoenix, Arizona, as an assistant principal, she was excited to find that the students' school day started an hour and a half later than normal each Wednesday to provide staff development time for the teaching staff. That first year, however, neither the principal, Bryce Anderson, who was also new, nor the author, knew the needs of the teaching staff, and they did not use the Wednesday morning time as effectively as they could have. In fact, Wednesday mornings often became faculty meetings instead of a time to develop the skills and knowledge base of the teachers. The following school year, the principal was committed to changing that. He scheduled regular faculty meetings before and after school to handle school management issues and charged the author with turning the Wednesday morning time into teacher development time. In this article, the author describes her implementation of Agua Fria's differentiated Wednesday mornings program. When she considered the mix of veteran and new teachers, all of whom had different backgrounds and experience levels, she quickly realized that a one-size-fits-all model did not work if the time on Wednesday mornings was going to be valuable for everyone. Her assessments revealed specific training needs for veteran teachers, beginning teachers, and teachers who are new to the school or the district. With these, she planned an inservice schedule for the coming year that devoted one Wednesday a month to lesson sharing and curriculum collaboration within departments, two Wednesdays each month to improving instruction by learning or refining instructional skills, and one Wednesday each month to correlating school improvement with the school accreditation cycle. Staff members consistently offer positive comments about this staff development time, which indicates that the program is valuable and useful.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona