11The national organizations in education are endeavoring to provide
schools and school districts with criteria for performance (standards
and benchmarks) in the various curriculum areas. The National Staff
Development Council has generated standards (NSDC, 2001) for
staff development that have been widely disseminated and provide
educators with guides to the development of high-quality programs.
As we have studied the NSDC standards and used them with school
districts, we have seen them as dynamic working documents, ones
that we can use as a metric against which to measure and adjust our
own work. But we also see them as evolutionary, best used not as a
formula but as guidelines which need to be adapted with an analytic
eye. This chapter contains some of our observations.
National Standards: The
Fit with Aspirations for
The Structure of the StandardsThe Council's standards fall into three categories: context, process,
and content. Within each of these categories, guidelines suggest policy
for the conduct of staff development, and specific suggestions/
examples illustrate how these policy recommendations would work
out in practice (NSDC, 2001).
|• ||Those relating to the context of staff development address the
culture of the school and school district, including norms for continuous growth and time for collaborative professional learning,
administrative leadership, and the alignment of district and school
goals for student achievement.|
|• ||The process standards address the design of staff development—
how student data are analyzed to determine need, which content is
most likely to impact the identified need, how training and follow-up
is organized and implemented, and how faculty understanding of
organizational structure and change processes is developed.|
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Book title: Student Achievement through Staff Development.
Contributors: Bruce Joyce - Author, Beverly Showers - Author, Michael G. Fullan - Author.
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Place of publication: Alexandria, VA.
Publication year: 2002.
Page number: 185.
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