Staff Development, Distant and Direct: The Middle School Initiative at Northwestern State University
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AbstractA new project, headquartered at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, offerscomprehensive training for middle school teachers, supervisors, and university faculty througha series of workshops, Web discussion groups, and summer institutes. Participants may enterthe training at several points, and interpersonal collaboration among participants isencouraged, both in face to face and Internet settings. Learners will have the option ofparticipating in a variety of levels, and discourse among both program authors and participantsthrough Web based training and discussion is integrated into the latter phases of the project.This project is directed to the particular needs of middle school professionals, both in thesubject matter of the instruction and in the style of organization and participant involvement.Though focused on state standards of accomplishment, the project and its World Wide Webfocus will be both accessible and valuable to participants from other places, as well.