Beau Fly Jones, senior researcher at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, Oak Brook, Illinois, talks about change as a necessary component in a teacher's professional development. Excerpted from the video series Restructuring to Promote Learning in America's Schools, videoconference #8, The Meaning of Professional Development in the 21st Century (NCREL, 1990).
"The new priorities are going to go back of course to that change in it that when you consider that people are going to be changing their roles, it doesn't mean that they're going to be changing it for the next year. It means that they're going to be changing it constantly as new opportunities come up and so that people will have to learn to constantly respond to change, which is very very different from the past so that it's ongoing and it's going to be local responding to all the opportunities that come up and rise, and they'll be very different opportunities, so that the change process will be different in that regard, too."
This Critical Issue was researched and written by Cathy J. Cook, Mathematics Education and Professional Development Specialist, Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education and North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, and Carole Fine, Director of Professional Development, North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, Oak Brook, Illinois, in collaboration with the National Staff Development Council, Dennis Sparks, Executive Director, and Stephanie Hirsch, Associate Executive Director.
Date posted: 1996