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Co-Developers: Partners in a Study of Professional Learning Communities (2000)
Article in Issues About Change that describes the process of developing professional learning communities in schools.

Launching Professional Learning Communities: Beginning Actions (2000)
Article in Issues About Change describing the first steps schools may take in becoming professional learning communities.

Multiple Mirrors: Reflections on the Creation of Professional Learning Communities (2000)
Stories about the experiences of schools that have developed professional learning communities.


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Ghere, G., York-Barr, J., & Sommerness, J. (2002). Supporting students with disabilities in inclusive schools: A curriculum for job-embedded paraprofessional development. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, and Department of Educational Policy and Administration.
This curriculum gives special education teachers the tools needed to facilitate meaningful staff development for paraprofessionals who work in inclusive classrooms supporting students with disabilities, particularly those with moderate to severe disabilities.

Morrissey, M. S. (2000). Professional learning communities: An ongoing exploration.
A downloadable book on professional learning communities. Reviews the five dimensions of professional learning communities and the role of these communities in school reform.
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White, M., & Mason, C. (2001). Mentoring induction principles and guidelines. Council for Exceptional Children.
Manual for local school districts interested in starting or strengthening a mentoring program for new teachers.


Web Sites

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is an international association of professional educators committed to excellence in education and success for all learners. The ASCD Web site includes a section devoted to professional development, information on current issues and upcoming conferences, and more.

IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement
Created to aid college faculty assisting pre-service preparation programs, the IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement seeks to increase understanding of the needs of students with disabilities. Resources and course materials are being designed for faculty who prepare general education teachers, school administrators, school counselors, and school nurses. Some of this content is featured on the Web site through Web-based learning modules.

Journal of Staff Development
Full-text articles about staff development.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an organization devoted to strengthening the quality of teaching. This Web site includes information on high standards for professional performance and performance-based assessment of teachers.

North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL): Professional Development
The NCREL Web site has a section devoted to professional development that provides links to many NCREL professional development resources.

National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals in Education and Related Services (NRCP)
This Web site includes information about and links to a number of resources for paraprofessionals, as well as up-to-date information on legislation regarding paraprofessionals.

National School Reform Faculty at the Harmony School Education Center (NSRF)
NSRF is a professional development initiative that promotes collegial relationships, reflective practice, and innovative leadership in support of improved student achievement, through the implementation of Critical Friends Groups (CFGs). The Web site includes information about CFGs and related activities of the NSRF.

National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
NSDC is a national non-profit organization that focuses on efforts to improve student learning. The association serves as a network for individuals active in school improvement and has created a set of standards to facilitate staff development in the school setting.

Transition Coalition
This University of Kansas Web site includes information, publications, and links of interest to professionals involved in the transition of students with disabilities to adult life. Information is included about both online and in-person professional development opportunities available through the University of Kansas.

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