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This publication describes the pilot Teacher Dialogue Forums, which provided Georgia teachers with an opportunity to: learn about current research on teaching and the teaching profession; share their views and learn from colleagues; and let their voices be heard and used to shape practice and policy in teaching. A total of 250 teachers participated, along with a few preservice teachers and observers. Facilitators were trained Teachers of the Year and teacher leaders. A set of five multi-part stimulus questions was developed to stimulate discussion at the Forums (e.g., how to organize/reorganize schools and how the messages from three reports on teaching resonated with them as teachers). At the end of the Forums, participants completed evaluations. Teachers appreciated the Forums and the opportunity to discuss teaching in light of current research. Issues that generated the most discussion included: teacher preparation; beginning teachers; professional development; teacher certification; administrative support; teachers as professionals; reorganizing schools; quality core curriculum; school funding and resources; and competitive salaries and teacher incentives. Four appendixes include: a listing of the Georgia Teacher and Teacher-Advocate Steering Committee; stimulus questions; the Teacher Dialogue Forums evaluation form; and Teacher Dialogue Forums site highlights. (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Administrators, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Mentors, National Standards, Preservice Teacher Education, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Salaries

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Author: Fletcher, Gail

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8517&id=ED446062

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