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Designing Classrooms that Work: Teacher Training Guide (MDS-963)

K. Ramsey, C. Stasz, T. Ormseth, R. Eden, J. Co

PREFACE

This document is a guide for teachers and trainers participating in the initial experimental offering of a six-week "mini-sabbatical," "Designing Classrooms that Work." The mini-sabbatical is designed to help teachers learn how to make the kinds of curricular and pedagogical changes implied by reforms to integrate vocational and academic education and to improve the school-to-career transition.

The guide constitutes the basic text for the mini-sabbatical as a course of study and is supplemented by readings on curricular and pedagogical innovation. The guide explains the background and purpose of the mini-sabbatical and provides a detailed outline of activities and requirements. A companion document, Designing Classrooms that Work: Conception and Pilot Study, describes the conceptual framework underlying the design of the mini-sabbatical and reports on the initial implementation and outcomes of the mini-sabbatical, which was conducted in the summer of 1996.

The mini-sabbatical is designed for high school teachers in a variety of school-to-career programs such as career academies, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, and career focus schools. This guide is intended as a source of ideas and activities for conducting staff development for teachers, whether or not the entire six-week mini-sabbatical is implemented.

Development and testing of the mini-sabbatical at RAND was funded through a grant to the National Center for Research on Vocational Education, University of California at Berkeley, from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Adult and Vocational Education.


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