THE PRACTICE: Professional development should be continuous and on-going, involving follow-up and support for further learning, including support from sources external to the school that can provide necessary resources and new perspectives.
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NEIRTEC, Northeast & Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium
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PDS Partnership Development: A Listserv for PDS Educators
The National Institute for Community Innovations and its partners have created an online forum focusing on issues related to developing professional development school partnerships and to strengthening existing partnerships. Topics for discussion, exploration, and exchange include: characteristics of successful partnerships; obstacles to collaboration and how to overcome them; stages of partnership development; expanding participation in partnership initiatives; structures and strategies used by successful partnerships; methods for evaluating the effectiveness of partnerships; renewing and revitalizing partnerships.
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Peer-Assisted Leadership (PAL) Program
Non-judgmental, inquiry-based approach to leadership development in which
principals form partnerships to help each other reflect on their practice. PAL
partners work together over a period of 4 to 8 months, shadowing and
interviewing each other to collect data and analyze their leadership activities
in context. Participants also meet regularly as a group, learning and practicing
various inquiry skills (e.g., shadowing, interviewing, theme identification), as
well as sharing and processing their partnership experiences. These
meetings, together with the partnerships, provide a supportive forum for
professional dialog that reduces isolation, deepens understanding, and
Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking (QUILT)
Staff development program designed to increase students' true thinking time by helping teachers improve their classroom questioning techniques. Three
major components are provided in the program: (1) Induction training: Teachers learn about effective questioning techniques during a 3-day
(18-hour) introductory training period conducted by members of a local
facilitation team; (2) Collegiums: Participants meet in seven 90-minute
seminars throughout the school year to learn, share, and interact about
particular questioning behaviors targeted for practice and improvement; and
(3) Partnering: Teachers observe and are observed by partners six times
during the year.
Strategic Teaching and Reading Project (STRP)
Focus on professional development based on the premise that teachers must
receive training and support in strategic teaching in order to help students
become strategic readers and learners themselves. STRP, developed by the
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), emphasizes the
team approach, which spreads the demands of instructional leadership
among team members, builds on areas of expertise, fosters collaboration, and
reduces threats to the continuity of the project that can come from staff
What Works in the Middle: Results-based Staff Development
This is a consumer's guide, based on a two-year study by the National Staff Development Council, to 26 staff development programs that boost student learning in the middle grades in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies by increasing teachers' knowledge and skills. The guide includes a description of the staff development programs, guidelines for selecting and/or designing initiatives to improve student achievement, strategies for evaluating staff development, and more information about how these programs were selected.
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