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National Professional Development Center in the Works

NCREL® Receives Nearly $1 Million to Establish a Professional Development Center

January 19, 2000

Naperville, IL—The U.S. Congress has allocated $921 thousand for the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) to establish a national Professional Development Center. This action was taken in direct response to the recent report Does Professional Development Change Teaching Practice?

The report finds that most schools and districts don't have a clear understanding of how to implement practical and effective professional development activities and lack adequate resources to start and sustain successful long-term practices.

Dr. Paul Kimmelman of NCREL will serve as the Center's director and will convene a panel of experts on February 7 to begin design and implementation discussions. "We are committed to creating a Professional Development Center that adheres to rigorous standards and research-based practices," Kimmelman remarks, "practices that have been proven effective in helping to improve teaching and learning."

NCREL has a solid record of producing quality educational resources, including Professional Development: Learning From the Best. This professional development toolkit is based on 20 award-winning schools and districts nationwide. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley distributed a copy of this practical toolkit to every school district in the nation.

NCREL is one of 10 research and development laboratories supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to improve the performance of all parts and levels of the K–12 educational system from the classroom to the state. With this goal in mind, NCREL provides a host of multimedia resources and special assistance to teachers, administrators, and policymakers in the seven-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin—and now, nationwide.


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