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Leading and Planning a Professional Development Program


"The Duke University TASC Project (Teachers and Scientists Collaborating) is an NSF
Mathematics and Science Partnership funded program designed to provide professional
development and a loan system in science kits. These kits include curriculum units by
FOSS, SEPUP, TRACS and STC, all endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
TASC partners with several school systems in central North Carolina to implement this
project with each system free to develop their own plans for implementation. These
systems developed various plans for training their teachers and for leasing the kits from
TASC. For instance, some of the school systems chose to send all primary grade teachers
and others randomly chose teachers to attend the training sessions. This study seeks to
discern the possible effects of the implementation of these different plans on the impact
of the TASC program."