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Staff Development

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    • On Target: Combined Instructional Supervision and Staff Development
      Staff development and instructional supervision that is based on a clinical supervisory format and a cognitive coaching model contribute to a growth-oriented school environment. (ML edition)
      By John N. Colantonio
    • Teacher–Made Staff Development: Something for Everyone
      After taking a survey to identify their areas of interest, teachers join small groups to create their staff development in those areas. (HS edition)
      By Ellen H. McCarthy
    • Teachers Take the Lead
      Staff development that is created and led by teachers develops leadership skills and collegiality.
      By Gregory W. Corder, Ian Marshall, Lori Lineweaver, and Peggy McIntyre
    • Staff Development: Finding the Right Fit
      A one–and–a–half hour late start once a week was the impetus for developing teacher–designed and –led breakout sessions to differentiate professional development.
      By Leslie Standerfer
    • Practical Matters: Making an Impact
      Preservice teachers benefit from professional interaction with their principal, but such interaction is seldom a component of teacher preparation models.
      By Anita Varrati
    • Differentiated Support
      Responsive professional development allows principals to support each teacher according to his or her needs.
      By Jenny Sue Flannagan and Mike Kelly
    • Embracing Coaching as Professional Development
      Don't choose between coaching and traditional professional development--for the best teaching results, use both.
      By Mark J. Driscoll
    • Time Well Spent - ML Edition
      Learn how one school implemented ongoing, on-site professional development that is focused on teacher-selected topics and takes place during the school day.
      By Edward W. Holler, Sean Callender, and Candi Skinner
    • Blogs: Ending Isolation
      Web logs help teachers in a professional development course stay connected and continue to share ideas with one another despite geographical separation.
      By Cynthia Mata Aguilar and Heather Rivero
    • Smaller Learning Communities (Web only)
      To reach its improvement goals, Statesboro (GA) High School implemented smaller learning communities--and began to see dramatic changes.
      By Martin G. Waters
    • Maximizing Professional Development
      Because professional development is key to school improvement, BTHS principals changed existing programs and implemented new ones.
      By Howard Gradet
    • Not Just Another Literacy Meeting
      See how professional learning communities operate when dedication and perserverance pay off.
      By Douglas Fisher, Sandi Everlove, and Nancy Frey
    • A Strategic Approach to Staff Development
      Schools are inundated with programs, plans and tools for staff development and training, but amid all the flurry, they should assess their current state, coordinate resource, and create strategic, systematic plans for growth. A strategic approach requires clear communication and leadership on current educational reform priorities from the school district's central administration, and it requires principals who are equipped with the knowledge, the training, the tools and the resources to identify