Effective Practices and Resources in Staff Development
Staff Development: How, Why, What Works?
- Staff development models: What kinds are there? www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/WCE/archives/braysd.html Read about different models that exemplify high-quality staff development.
- What makes professional development effective? www.edgateway.net/cs/wrel/view/lib/25 The author of this article collected and analyzed 13 recent lists of characteristics of "effective" professional development and came to three conclusions. Read the abstract at the link above and learn what he found. Surprised?
- And a national sample of teachers said... www.edgateway.net/cs/wrel/view/lib/24 Researchers asked teachers to describe each professional development activity (e.g., mentoring, coaching), its type (e.g., workshop, teacher study group) and duration, the level of collective participation (e.g., entire faculty, single department), and the degree to which they felt their knowledge and skills were advanced. Here's an abstract of what went on and what was revealed.
- Consider how adults learn. http://interact.uoregon.edu/wrrc/IEP/AdultLearning.htm Much is known about how adults learn and how to improve adult learning experiences. Yet, we tend to fall back on the standard lecture with little or no audience participation as our major training approach. This discussion of Adult Learning and Trainer Skills will help you design workshops and training sessions with adult learning principles in mind. The link above presents a general discussion and, from there via links at the top of the page, to Training Methods for Adult Learners and an annotated list of Training Resources.
- Are you a principal? An online instructional module on your role in teacher development. www.edutopia.org/modules/TSD/index.php Teacher development is a common theme in any school leadership training program. This online instructional module offers examples of how to build on that foundation in a variety of settings, illustrated by master school leaders. These "professors of practice" are meeting the challenges of teacher development and supervision each day in their schools.
- The big picture, the long story, and a close look. www.financeprojectinfo.org/Publications/prof%20dev%2011-2-03.pdf Read this useful primer on changes, debates, and delivery of professional development (both pre-service and in-service), courtesy of The Finance Project (TFP).
- The National Standards. www.nbpts.org/index.cfm This NICHCY resource page isn't intended to delve into the precise details of what makes for a qualified teacher, a highly qualified teacher, or a teacher that has passed the National Board Certification. But all this is nonetheless very relevant to any staff development program intended to increase the qualifications and readiness of teachers in the classroom. Find out what's what in this regard, including the national standards, at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
- And standards for ONLINE professional development. www.sreb.org/programs/EdTech/pubs/PDF/StandardsOnlineProfDev.asp Online instruction gives teachers "anytime, anywhere" access to the professional development courses and workshops they need. This publication outlines specific guidelines to help schools and states plan and evaluate online programs.
- Standards and more standards. www.monarchcenter.org/resources/standardsprofessional.html Depending on how, professionally, a person is involved in the education of children with disabilities, the standards for practicing that profession well are different. And when it comes to planning and providing for staff development, it's important to consider those standards. Come to the Monarch Center and connect with a long list of the various groups responsible for establishing professional standards in a range of disciplines working with children with disabilities: early childhood educators, special educators, math teachers, reading instructors, OTs, PTs, speech-language, school counselors, you name it.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Dissemination Center.
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