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Lesson Plans

Professional Development

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Tue, 14 Sep 1999 09:26:00 EDT

Many thanks to those of you who have been responding to me about the kinds of
professional development your schools or school districts offer. There seems
to be a real need out there for some substantial and sustained professional
development opportunities.

Most of the comments I have received so far are from the Midwest, Texas, and
the Pacific Northwest. Please, if you have a moment, send your comments
about how your staff development rates when scored against these
characteristics for quality in-service training:

1. Advocates the visual arts as meaningful and important to the general
2. Instigates intellectual curiosity of teachers
3. Shows connections to the real world
4. Goes beyond " make and take" sessions
5. Provides tools for strengthening instructional skills
6. Promotes collaborations among peers, mentors, the art community, and the
7. Aligns with local, state, and national content standards and learning
8. Encourages cultural diversity
9. Deepens the personal knowledge base of teachers
10. Contributes to ongoing training
11. Is content relevant

As I mentioned before, I am collecting this information to be compiled into
an article for possible publication in our state art education journal. I
will gladly post the results and the article to the list.

Thanks for your input. I look forward to hearing from more of you.

Regards from Texas,
Pam Stephens
Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
University of North Texas
P.O. Box 305100
Denton, TX 76023-5100