The Carole Fine Professional Development Internship
The Carole Fine Professional Development Internship was established
in 1997 to honor an outstanding employee who believed that
professional development is most meaningful when it is based in authentic
experienceexperience that expands horizons and contributes to personal
as well as professional growth. Grounded in this belief, this six-week
summer internship offers one outstanding teacher an opportunity to work
side-by-side with other professionals on the forefront of educational
research and development.
The main goal of the internship program is to provide an enriching
professional development experience for a teacher who will apply this
experience to improving the professional development offerings within
his or her school or district. Therefore, it is important that the intern
has not only a clear, progressive vision of professional development
but also has the support of his or her colleagues and school or district
Another important goal of the program is to create a long-lasting,
mutually beneficial relationship between the intern and Learning Point Associates. Since
1984, Learning Point Associates, originally founded as NCREL, has developed research-based educational resources and offered
professional development opportunities for educators throughout the
Midwest. But, if our products and services are to be useful, they must
be based on the real, everyday needs of educators and grounded in what
we know about best practice in today's classrooms. We hope to learn
from the intern as we provide the knowledge and resources he or she
needs to make his or her own professional development plan a reality.
Benefits of the Internship
- A six-week paid internship.
- An opportunity to enhance professional skills in a nonacademic setting.
- Free registrationplus travel and expensesto attend a national education conference.
- A housing stipendTo qualify for the housing stipend, the intern must live at least 60 miles from Naperville, Illinois.
- Invaluable professional experience.
To qualify for this internship program, an applicant must be:
- A practicing PK12 teacher in the United States with at least two years of classroom experience.
- Able to reside in or commute to the Naperville, Illinois, area during the six-week internship. (Naperville is approximately 25 miles west of Chicago.)
- Willing to apply what he or she learns to improving his or her school/district professional development plan.
The Internship Experience
When the intern arrives for the six-week summer session, he or she will
meet with the program directors to discuss specific goals and
plan activities. The intern will be invited to participate in an ongoing project
that complements and supports the intern's individual professional
development goals. Throughout the summer, the intern will expand upon
the Action Plan outline submitted as part of this application. At the end
of six weeks, the intern should have a complete plan for improving professional
development in his or her school or district.
The Carole Fine intern must be a practicing PK12
teacher with at least two years of classroom experience
and a professional background that demonstrates a
commitment to ongoing professional development.
The intern must also be an education leader with
the support of colleagues and school and district
administrators and the ability to influence professional
development activities within the school or district.
Finally, the intern should have a clear, progressive
vision of professional development.
The Review Process
All application materials are due by May 17, 2004. Incomplete applications,
applications that exceed the specified page limits, or applications
received after the due date will not be considered.
All completed applications received by the May 17 deadline will be
reviewed by a selection committee of research and education professionals.
The committee will select no more than three candidates for further
consideration.The management team at Learning Point Associates will
then rank the three remaining candidates. The top candidate will be
notified by telephone of his or her selection.
At that time, we will schedule the orientation session and arrange for the
intern's travel and accommodations.
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