Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Staff development training was integrated with peer sharing and professional renewal during the 1999-2000 school year at Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Inc. in Waterloo, Iowa. In this training program, at each monthly meeting teaching teams made presentations on educational topics. A learning material was constructed during the workshop; the game or toy could be used in the teacher's classroom. While literacy activities for young children was a suggested theme, presenters were allowed to present on a topic of personal interest or commitment. All teachers and assistant teachers in the program were encouraged to attend the sessions. Credit for continuing education within the program was given for attendance.
The popular Make-it–Take-it workshops offered the teaching staff an opportunity for personal and professional development. An added bonus was the peer mentoring that naturally ensued. Teachers felt comfortable sharing ideas with one another; several teachers took the opportunity to present at other training workshops. Sharing their expertise and teaching experiences was a way of earning praise and respect of fellow workers, but the greatest beneficiaries were the Head Start children. This was because their teachers returned to their classrooms excited and re-invigorated with new ideas and activities.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Charles R. May
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©2001 Joyce Gallentine-Nelson
Gallentine-Nelson, Joyce, "Make-it–Take-it professional development training at Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Inc." (2001). Graduate Research Papers. 701.