In this book, Judith T. Witmer and Steven A. Melnick provide an overview of adult learning and its impact on professional development. The chapters provide a theoretical foundation along with practical advice on implementing team-based professional development among educators within school districts which will lead to true systemic reform.
Judith T. Witmer holds an academic appointment at Penn State University. A former English teacher and school administrator, Dr. Witmer also has managed various projects for the Pennsylvania Department of Education and has been a program evaluator, grant writer, and researcher for many institutions, including Penn State College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and Milton Hershey School. Steven A. Melnick is associate professor of education and coordinator of the graduate program in teaching and curriculum at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, Pennsylvania. A former elementary school teacher, he teaches graduate courses in research design, measurement and evaluation, and a seminar focusing on important, timely, and controversial issues in education. He is the author of more than 125 articles, chapters, research reports and scholarly papers.
1 What If? The Case for Team-Based Professional Development-A New Model for Professional Growth 2 How Did We Get Here? Design Options for a Professional Development Continuum 3 Teachers Who Asked What If? Criteria for Successful Team-Based Professional Development 4 Can You Do This? Successful Programs 5 Taking One Step At A Time: Initiating and Implementing Team-Based Professional Development 6 How Do You Know It's Working? Organizing and Monitoring Professional Development Programs 7 What If It Happens? Institutionalizing and Sustaining Team-Based Professional Development