Innovative Professional Development Opportunities: Key Elements for Successful Development

Innovative Professional Development Opportunities: Key Elements for Successful Development

Mar 1998

Author:

Victor Hernandez-Gantes

Executive Summary:

Successful implementation of work-related education reforms in the United States requires educators to understand both reform principles and the ways in which work-based and school-based learning can be used to enhance curriculum and instruction. This document is part of Teacher learning in the workplace and community, which contains four educational briefs and five case studies that describe innovative teacher education and professional development programs that support school-to-work and related reforms.

In 1997, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education’s (NCRVE’s) Teacher Education Initiative conducted a national search for innovative professional development programs and practices. The aim was to identify programs that were working towards the achievement of one or more key purposes of school-to-work educational reform. This educational brief identifies common characteristics that emerged during the analysis of the promising and innovative professional development program sites. The study examined both the development stage of the programs in which strong leadership emerged as a commonality, and the implementation stage, in which other common factors such as partnership, comprehensive vision, and a focus on work-based learning, emerged as key elements for successful program implementation.

Hernandez-Gantes, V. (1998, March). Innovative professional development opportunities: Key elements for successful development. In Teacher Learning in the Workplace and Community. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.