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Development of Professional Learning Communities:
 Factors within the NSF GK-12 Program

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Title: Development of Professional Learning Communities:
 Factors within the NSF GK-12 Program
Author(s): Harnisch, Delwyn; Comstock, Sharon; Bruce, Bertram C.; Buell, James
Subject(s): GK-12 Professional learning Learning community School-university collaboration Science education Teacher education Technology-enhanced learning inquiry-based learning Schools Teaching Mentoring Professional development
Abstract: This paper focuses on the process and activities supporting professional development for scientist-fellows and teachers in high school classroom environs.  The GK-12 Program at UIUC has made it its goal to create a professional learning community where the fellows experience teaching roles from high school mentor/teacher experts; a teaming that often produces a  shared vision of comprehensive, coherent, and integrated approaches to professional development and life-long learning.  In turn, the teachers themselves mature, developing enhanced content mastery and team-work skills. Our efforts reflect a systematic effort to develop strategies to remedy the present disconnect between teacher preparation and teaching practice by addressing critical issues and needs surrounding preparation, enhancement, and retention of science, technology, and mathematics (STM) teachers for grades K-12.
Issue Date: 2004-06
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Citation Info: Harnisch, Delwyn; Comstock, Sharon L.; Bruce, Bertram C.; & Buell, James (2004). Development of professional learning communities: Factors within the NSF GK-12 program. In Richard Ferdig, Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Niki Davis, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber, & Dee Anna Willis (eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2004 (pp. 2887-2891). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
Genre: Book Chapter
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-07-08

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