WHAT IS ER&D?
What Makes ER&D Different?
As the organizational representatives of teachers and paraprofessionals, the AFT has constructed a professional development program that is meant to be an ongoing process, rather than an in-service event. ER&D is based on a “train-the-trainers” model, which means that all courses held in our district will be run by practicing teachers from the district. In addition to providing credible research-based information that is essential to our members as they carry out their professional responsibilities, the ER&D program is committed to:
- Improving student achievement by improving classroom practice
- Offering a non-threatening, non-judgmental learning environment
- Providing opportunities for thoughtful discussion about teaching and learning with colleagues and researchers
- Providing opportunities for self-reflection and collegial inquiry
- Empowering teachers with strategies that they can use for long-lasting change in their classrooms
- Providing opportunities for professional growth, continuous learning, and validation of existing practice, and
- Offering a program that builds a sense of pride in the quality of a union service.
The Cleveland Heights Teachers Union first sent teachers to be trained nationally in the summer of 2002.