Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Murphy, C. (1997). Finding time for faculties to study together. Journal of Staff Development, 18 (3), 29-32.

Murphy describes the whole faculty study group process as professional development in which each teacher is a member of a small group that focuses on learning about curriculum and instruction. The most common barrier to enacting this form of professional development is the issue of time. Murphy presents examples of how schools have solved this problem including early dismissal days for students, use of substitutes, teaching assistants, or volunteers to release groups of teachers from teaching duty, use of study group meetings in lieu of faculty meetings, substitution of after-school meetings for professional development days. The key is to effectively use the time for teacher learning.

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