A Collaborative Effort in Planning

Teachers, administrators, and representatives from regional educational service agencies met on two days in June to plan how the diverse professional development needs of school districts throughout this region can best be met. The following is an outline of the strategy they developed.

SchoolNet Professional Development Mission Statement

SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region is a collaborative venture focused on learners, teachers, and schools. Its guiding philosophy is that teaching and learning assisted by technology underpin our meeting the demands of the twenty-first century.

As a collaboration among representatives of the school districts and educational support agencies from the thirteen counties served by the Southeast Regional Professional Development Center, this effort will build capacity for applying technology to the curriculum, support innovative practices and create a path for continuous improvement among its members. Recognizing that successful professional development accounts for the needs of pre-service as well as inservice teachers, SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region will work closely with area teacher education institutions to ensure a seamless transition between training and practice.

SchoolNet Professional Development Goals

SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region has these goals and objectives:

Capacity Building

Members of SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region seek to build capacity through the following means.

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Support for Innovation

Members of SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region seek to support innovation by these means.

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Continuous Improvement

Members of SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region seek to mark routes for continuous improvement in application of technology to teaching and learning by these means.

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Professional Development Delivery System

Members of SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region envision a delivery system for the activities outlined in their Goals and Objectives comprising three components:

Fiscal Agency

No fiscal agent has been identified for SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region. Three members (ETSEO, Muskingum County, RPDC) offered the services of their agencies for fiscal management. Group discussion identified the following interests as central to making a choice among the offers.

An ideal fiscal agent should offer

In addition the best choice of fiscal agent should guarantee that there be no duplication of existing structures, and it must address the issues that relate to housing the administrative structure and fiscal agency at a single site.

SchoolNet Advisory Team

To ensure that the interests and needs of all members of the collaborative are considered as plans for professional development are made representation on the SchoolNet Advisory Team will be assigned as follows:

In selecting members of the Advisory Team, Members of SchoolNet Professional Development for the Southeast Region will seek ethnic, geographic, and gender balance.

The SchoolNet Advisory Team's Mission is to

Service Delivery Action Teams

Planning and decisions of the SchoolNet Advisory Team will be supported by specific input from Service Delivery Action Teams. During the first two year cycle of the collaborative there will be eight such teams having the following responsibilities: