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ERIC Number: EJ852614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
Teacher Quality: Teachers Teaching Teachers
Christensen, Linda
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v4 n1 Spr 2006
School districts write mission statements about creating citizens of the world, but more and more, they want teachers to become robotic hands who deliver education programs designed and shipped from sites outside of classrooms. If people want an educated citizenry, they need teachers who know how to think about their students' needs and write their own curriculum in community with others. When high school language arts teachers in Portland were asked by the Professional Development Committee--a group founded by the school district and the Portland Association of Teachers--which professional development programs had the greatest impact on their students' learning, they overwhelmingly named the Portland Writing Project, the Summer Literacy Curriculum Camp, and the Professional Development Days--which were all led by classroom teachers. Teachers stated that these three programs were practical and related specifically to their content. The programs gave them models of new strategies and curricula, hands-on practice, and time for collaboration and implementation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon