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Technology 101: Rate the Teacher Development Program

About this Daily Classroom Special
Technology 101 provides pointers, strategies and suggestions for helping your school design a technology plan that meets the needs of members of your learning community. Technology 101 was written by Peggy Wyns-Madison, a former Teachers Network web mentor.

 

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Rate the Teacher Development Program

Rate the staff development program you have considered for your school. Place a check next to the number.

Does the program offer the following characteristics:

Attributes of Successful Teacher Development Programs
(1= nonexistent/ 5 =clearly evident )

1. Collegiality and Collaboration
Does it include a variety of professional growth activities for individuals as well as groups with similar needs?
1 2 3 4 5
2. Experimentation and Risk Taking
Is testing and trying out ideas encouraged?
1 2 3 4 5
3. Incorporation of Available Knowledge Bases
Are there opportunities provided and encouraged for peer discussion, observation, and mutual assistance? Are a critical mass of participants involved?
1 2 3 4 5
4. Appropriate Participant Knowledge
Are the program objectives and roles of administrators and teachers clear?
1 2 3 4 5
5. Time to Work on Staff Development and Assimilate New Learnings
Are there opportunities for small group discussion on the application of new practices, sharing of ideas and concerns during the training session? Between sessions, are teachers encouraged to visit each other's classrooms and provide peer coaching?
1 2 3 4 5
6. Leadership and Sustained Administrative Support
Does an array of people including teachers, administrators, district staff and other members of the learning community support the program?
1 2 3 4 5
7. Appropriate Incentives and Rewards
Do the incentives for participation emphasize intrinsic rewards?
1 2 3 4 5
8. Designs Built on Principles of Adult Learning and Change
Does research support the techniques presented?
1 2 3 4 5
9. Integration of Individual, School and District Goals
Does the program meet the needs of the school and district educational plan?
1 2 3 4 5
10. Integration of Staff Development into the Philosophy and Structure of School and District
Does the program meet the philosophical needs of the school's mission?
1 2 3 4 5

From :Continuing to Learn: A Guidebook for Teacher Development. The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands and the National Staff Development Council, 1987.

 

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