The Lasting Impact of “Reading to Learn” and Sustainability of Professional Development

By Judy Richardson and Violeta Janusheva.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper explores the lasting impact of professional development projects through the lens of participants in the Secondary Education Activity (SEA). A brief history and explanation of the SEA project are provided, as well as background about the Macedonian culture and education system.
Characteristics of successful professional development, supported by research, are presented: instructional change, intellectual challenge, clearly conceptualized design, and an infrastructure that provides resources over time.
A survey of 18 Macedonian teachers was conducted to determine their impressions of the project. Responses are summarized and analysed to determine which characteristics of successful projects were noted. The authors conclude that much was successful about the SEA project, but ultimately the project failed due to a lack of institutional support and resources that sustain successful projects.

Keywords: Professional Development Projects, Sustainable Education Projects, Teacher Training in International Settings, Reading to Learn, Advanced Literacy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.211-226. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 809.065KB).

Dr. Judy Richardson

Adjunct Professor, Teaching & Learning Program, University of Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, USA

Dr. Judy Richardson is a professor emerita from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. She is a specialist in reading in the content areas. She has taught for 38 years in the roles of classroom teacher, as a high school English teacher, as a English second language teacher, as a Department of Defense teacher, and as a college professor. She has published many articles and book chapters as well as three books: Reading to learn in the Content Areas; Read it Aloud!; and An English Teacher’s Survival Guide. Her current interest and publications are on the topic of study skills in the electronic age. From 2004 until 2007, she served as a volunteer for the Secondary Education Project in Macedonia, teaching secondary vocational education teachers about innovative teaching strategies. From February 2008 until December 2008, she served as a Fulbright scholar in Macedonia, located at three different universities. Currently, she teaches part-time at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and the University of Richmond. Her courses include Critical Reading & Thinking Skills and Content Area Reading.

Violeta Janusheva

Faculty of Education, University of St. Kliment Ohridski, Bitola, Bitola, Macedonia

Violeta Janusheva is an assistant professor of subjects in the field of Linguistics on the Faculty of Education at St. Kliment Ohridski University in Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. She participated in all activities within the SEA project. She implements Reading To Learn and innovative practices that she learned while using part of the SEA Project in her instruction.

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