High school staff development design and implementation : a case study of a cross-curricular writing initiative
Ruckoldt, Matthew A.
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This case study focuses on a midwestem, suburban high school’s staff development program implemented as part of their school improvement process. The study investigated the perceived effect the design and implementation of a crosscurricular writing initiative had on the teachers and the students. The training concentrated on the school’s writing goal that states all students will increase their ability to think and communicate with clarity and precision across the curriculum and in a variety of settings. The study attempts to add to the change literature by implementing staff development in the classroom in order to affect student learning. Teachers participated in numerous staff development activities; they were trained to utilize writing strategies to assist them in teaching writing to students in their classrooms. The study details the two-year staff development process, including descriptions of the design of the training sessions. Qualitative data was collected after each staff development session and interviews with both teachers and the students were conducted. Analysis of “exit slips” and interviews revealed these themes: design of training sessions, implementation in the classroom, and teacher and student perception of the writing initiative. The findings of the study describe how the design of the training sessions affected implementation in the classroom and how teacher and student confidence changed after the writing initiative.