Development of Professional Learning Communities: Factors within the NSF GK-12 Program
Delwyn Harnisch, University of Nebraska Lincoln, United States ; Sharon Comstock, Bertram Bruce, Jim Buell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper will focus on the process and activities supporting professional development for scientist-fellows and teacher/mentors 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. 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 STM teachers for grades K-12.
Harnisch, D., Comstock, S., Bruce, B. & Buell, J. (2004). Development of Professional Learning Communities: Factors within the NSF GK-12 Program. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2887-2891). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).