Journal of Staff Development

Quarterly publication focusing on development of educational staff members by providing insight on issues such as the role of principals and program planning.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 3, Summer

A Great Toolbox Shows Developers of Teacher Leaders Exactly How to Do It
A GREAT TOOLBOX SHOWS DEVELOPERS OF TEACHER LEADERS EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT Lead With Me By Gayle Moller & Anita Pankake 2006, Eye On Education Paperback, 218 pages, $34.95To order, call 914-833-0551Fax: 914-833-0761Web: www.eyeoneducation.comReviewer's...
A Readable Tale of District Reform Travels to Duval County, Florida
A READABLE TALE OF DISTRICT REFORM TRAVELS TO DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA The Case for District-Based Reform: Leading, Building, and Sustaining School Improvement By Jonathan A. Supovitz 2006, Harvard Education Press Paperback, 286 pages, $29.95To order, call...
Assessment Is the First Step to Creating a School That Educates Everybody
Becoming culturally proficient is no longer a job requirement only for teachers in inner-city schools. Rural, urban, and suburban communities once predominantly populated by white middle-class families are becoming increasingly diverse. At the same time,...
A VIEW OF THE FUTURE: Teamwork Is Daily Work
The year was 1997. It was a professional development half-day in Rockwood School District, a suburban school district outside St. Louis, Mo. In many schools, whole staffs sat in front of large video screens, watching a satellite-televised program featuring...
Become More Sophisticated about Diversity
THOUGHT LEADERIt is no longer news that the U.S. is becoming a more diverse nation and will someday have a nonwhite majority, with students from many language backgrounds. They will arrive at school with great skill disparities, and the nations future...
Benchmarking Study Identifies Best Practices in Staff Development
Would you be surprised to learn that best-practices districts include professional learning in their school improvement plans and other initiatives? Or that most best-practices districts have district and/or state standards about professional learning?...
Change the Terms for Teacher Learning
THOUGHT LEADERPROFESSIONAL development as a term and as a strategy has run its course. The future of improvement, indeed of the profession itself, depends on a radical shift in how we conceive learning and the conditions under which teachers and students...
Create the Future You Desire
As you transition to the next school year, you may be considering changes that will bring your school or district closer to achieving its vision. Perhaps the school board has adopted a new strategic plan. Perhaps you have schools embarking on new school...
Five Flaws of Staff Development and the Future Beyond
THOUGHT LEADERSTUDENT LEARNING and development do not occur without teacher learning and development. Not any teacher development will do, though. The old flaws of weak and wayward stafF development are well-known - no staff development, in which trial...
FROM THE FIELD: Cindy Harrison
Time for learning every day"MY DREAM is that 10 years from now, there will be time for professional development for every teacher in every school every day. In fact, I see teachers placing so much value on professional development that they'll fight...
It's All about Relationships
"Relationships, relationships, relationships - it's all about relationships," said Tony Alvarado in his early days of leadership in New York's District 2. Alvarado's words ring true as NSDC members move toward their goal: "All teachers in all schools...
Learn in Community with Others
THOUGHT LEADERIN PROFESSIONS such as medicine and law, members are expected to review the journals of their field and to attend conferences. They observe each other's work, offering feedback that leads to increased professional effectiveness. They also...
Lessons Learned from Laminate Flooring
Last summer, I learned how to install laminate flooring. Along the way, I learned a lot about flooring and how to deal with one of those large, retail hardware stores. But the majority of my learning was about improving teaching and learning.On a sweltering...
Let's Act like Professionals
THOUGHT LEADERWhen I visit and observe classrooms, which I do a lot these days, I am impressed both with how hard teachers are working on important issues of instructional practice and how large the gap is between where teaching practice currently is...
Move Staff Development into the Digital World
THOUGHT LEADERThe way public school educators respond to I emerging information technologies will be the defining event for public education over the next decade. I have little doubt of this. I do worry, however, whether public schools have the capacity...
NARROW the Focus EXPAND the Possibilities
EDUCATE TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, POLICY MAKERS, AND SYSTEM LEADERS ON WHAT HIGH-QUALITY PROFESSIONAL LEARNING IS - AND ISN'TIn 1969, the seeds of what would become the National Staff Development Council were sown in a meeting of a small group of educators...
No Tears for the Dear Departed 'Inservice' - Its Time Has Come
I'm planning a funeral service next week, and you're all invited to attend.We'll be burying the word "inscrvice." We'll be digging another grave nearby for "delivery of professional development." In the same general vicinity, we'll toss shovels of dirt...
Nsdc Stands at the Vanguard
Author and educator Roland Barth was one of a hundred or so participants at NSDCs first Annual Conference in 1981. "I remember thinking, 'This is a good idea. There's no group in the country for whom (professional development) is a central focus,' "...
Q&a: As the Leadership Changes
OUTGOING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dennis Sparks and incoming Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh share a common passion about improving the quality of teaching and leadership in schools because they believe that lies at the core of improving student learning....
Second to None
A tireless devotion to education leads Stephanie Hirsh to NSDC's top spotTikkun olam- A Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world"As an 8th grader, Stephanie Hirsh ran for vice president of the student council. Why aim for the second spot? In her...
Text Marries Research to Practice in Improving Teaching and Learning
TEXT MARRIES RESEARCH TO PRACTICE IN IMPROVING TEACHING AND LEARNING Review by Susan Keiffer-Barone Handbook of Research on Improving Student Achievement, 3rd Edition By Cordon Cawetti, Editor 2004, Educational Research Service Paperback, 262 pages,...
The Citizen Facilitator Can Keep a Small Group Moving toward a Goal
The purpose of collaborating is to achieve collective results that participants would be unable to accomplish working alone. Expected outcomes include shared objectives, a sense of urgency and commitment, a sense of belonging, open communication, mutual...
The Story of Gloria Is a Future Vision of the New Teacher
THOUGHT LEADERWhat would learning to teach look like if we built on what we know about what works? Here is one vision of the future:For as long as she could remember, Gloria had wanted to teach. As a little girl, she would sit and read to toddlers, round...
What Might Be: Open the Door to a Better Future
THOUGHT LEADERSTHOSE CALLED upon to forecast future trends in professional development are welladvised to remember the biblical observation, "There is nothing new under the sun." In fact, a case could be made that the greatest advances in professional...
Winds of Change Can Buffet and Propel Us
Moving from a comfortable present to an uncertain future can throw anyone off balance. There's a natural interest in preserving the best of the past while savoring the opportunities of the future.Few people know better than staff developers about the...