LESSONS FROM ALBANIA: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT TRANSFORMS EDUCATORS, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITIES

Bardhyl Musai, James Wile
2004 Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies   unpublished
Programs of staff development for in-service teachers often focus on the introduction of specific skills and technologies. Seldom do staff development programs take on more broad goals of professional and personal growth. In this article the authors describe one program, the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking project, a literacy-based project developed and implemented by the International Reading Association. The project began as a training program with rather modest goals of
more » ... l skills development, but resulted in a surprising number of unexpected outcomes. These outcomes clearly distinguished this program as a professional rather than a technical development activity. The project, a three-year training of trainers model, introduced innovative literacy-based techniques in Albania (and 29 other countries in Europe and Asia) from
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