Professional Development Research and Resources
Use the research results cited here and the extensive links to resources for schools board, central office, principal and teacher leadership and professional development offer below to expand the capacities of education leaders and professionals in your district.
After 10 years of research in its Classrooms of Tomorrow program, Apple Computer issued a report in which the following stages were identified where teachers progress through as they learn how to incorporate technology in classroom environments.
Entry: Learn the basics of using the new technology
Adoption: Use the new technology to support traditional instruction
Adaptation: Integrate new technology into traditional classroom practice. Here, they often focus on increased student productivity and engagement by using word processors, spreadsheets, and graphic tools.
Appropriation: Focus on cooperative, project-based, and interdisciplinary work - incorporating the technology as needed and as one of many tools.
Invention: Discover new uses for technology tools, for example, developing spreadsheet macros for teaching algebra or designing projects that combine multiple technologies.
School Board Members
|Access the resources available from your state association.|
|Browse the resources available from the National School Boards Association.|
the Future: A District-Level Strategic Improvement
Use this site, developed by the North-West Regional Educational Laboratory, to improve your strategic planning skills.
|Access the North-Central Regional Educational Laboratory's Governance and Organizational Management resources.|
Superintendents and Central Office Staff
|Browse the resources available from the American Association of School Administrators.|
|Browse the resources available from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.|
|Access the resources available from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.|
|Browse the resources available from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.|
|Principals, Technology and Leadership|
|Browse the resources available from:|
|Professional Development School on the Internet|
|Teachers Networking for the Future -
NOVAE GROUP listserv
Netcourse Teacher Enhancement Coalition
Graduate level network-based courses for educators that address reform of math and science teaching.
A website collecting best practices and articles from teachers around the country.
Designed as a curriculum model utilizing computer technology for communication and research, the Critical Issues Forum is an effective model for teachers developing new curriculum for use in their schools and classrooms.
and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking
A resource from the Appalachian Educational Laboratory designed to assist teachers in improving the quality of questions they pose to students in order to create a more reflective classroom environment.
A research-based strategy designed by the Appalachian Educational Laboratory to produce curriculum integration that focuses on dissolving boundaries between disciplines of knowledge, between students and teachers, and between the school and community. Join the listserv associated with this program.
A web-based K-12 staff development resource in Oregon.
a System of Quality Assurance for the Teaching Profession
Moving into the 21st Century" by Arthur E. Wise
An article from Phi Delta Kappan looking at a continuum of professional development practices in a technology context.
|Access the professional development resources collected and offered by the Mid-Central Regional Educational Laboratory.|
An integrated Professional and Leadership Development Program developed by BBN, offering online and video-conferences.
|EdWeek and Teacher Magazine|
Links to publications and research collected by the Mid-Central Regional Educational Laboratory to provide education leaders and professionals with valuable resources for improving their practices.
A publication of the U.S. Department of Education
Schrock's Guide for Educators
A rich resource with information pertaining to technology in education as well as slide shows for improving your net surfing skills.
|Certification Requirements state-by-state.|
|Professor Gerald Bailey's Technology Leadership site.|
|Access the professional development resources collected by the Appalachian Educational Laboratory.|
Practice in Professional Development
Collected by the 10 national educational laboratories.
and Organizational Learning
A resource provided by WestEd Lab which supports school communities in organizing action focused on improved student learning. Helps teachers become more reflective practitioners and overcome isolation to support each other in changing classroom practices.
An online question-answering service provided by the ERIC system for teachers, administrators, media specialists, and anyone interested in using the Internet as a classroom tool.
|Sharpen your leadership skills using the North-Central Regional Educational Laboratory's resources for leadership development.|
|Use the North-Central Regional Educational Laboratory's resources for Professional Development to evaluate professional growth and development, to get tips on finding time for professional development and to access other publications and organizations.|
State and Regional Resources
|Look for the resources available in your state.|
In this Module:
In the Toolkit:
|Toolkit Home Page||Why Change?||Why Technology?|
|Planning||Policy||Curriculum and Assessment|
|Community Involvement||Facility Planning||Funding|
|Prof'l and Ldrship Development|