Aired on: February 16th, 2010
3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)
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Our Guest(s) This Week
Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC). Hirsh presents, publishes, and consults on NSDC's behalf across North America. She facilitated the process that led to the publication and national dissemination of NSDC's Standards for Staff Development. Hirsh writes a regular column for JSD, NSDC's quarterly journal. Hirsh advises governors, chief state school officers, legislators, and other policy makers regarding all aspects of professional development. Hirsh serves on advisory boards for Learning First Alliance, Region IX Equity Assistance Center, Chalkboard (Oregon) Project CLASS Program, the University of Texas College of Education Advisory Council, and the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems. Prior to her position with NSDC, Dr. Hirsh completed 15 years of district and school-based leadership positions, including: teacher, community college teaching, consulting teacher for free enterprise, and program and staff development director. In 2005, she completed three terms as a school board trustee in the Richardson Independent School District.
This Week's Topic
The National Staff Development Council’s (NSDC) purpose calls for improving student learning by ensuring every educator engages in effective professional learning every day. Examine the vision and definition NSDC advocates to achieve this purpose. Review how nationally supported standards for staff development support professional development planning. Consider five leadership strategies and many resources to guide effective professional development in schools.
A New Definition. Journal of Staff Development, 30(4), 10-16.(2009).
Consider These Critical Questions to Strengthen Your School Improvement Plan. http://www.nsdc.org/news/jsd/hirsh274.pdf. (2006). Journal of Staff Development, 27(4), 59-60.
How to Get There from Here. Journal of Staff Development, 22(3)(2001).
NSDC Has a Brand New Purpose. (2007).
Status of Professional Learning. (2010).