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PUBLIC LAW 103-382—OCT. 20, 1994 108 STAT. 3555 "SEC. 1119. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 20 USC 6320. "(a) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS. — "(1) IN GENERAL.— Each local educational agency receiving assistance under this part shall provide high-quality professional development that will improve the teaching of the academic subjects, consistent with the State content standards, in order to enable all children to meet the State's student performance standards. "(2) PROGRAM DESIGN. — Such professional development activities shall be designed by principals, teachers, and other school staff in schools receiving assistance under this part. " (b) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES.— "(1) REQUIRED ACTIVITIES.— Such professional development activities shall— "(A) support instructional practices that are geared to challenging State content standards and create a school environment conducive to high achievement in the academic subjects; "(B) support local educational agency plans under section 1112 and school plans under section 1114; "(C) draw on resources available under this part, title III of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, title II of this Act, and from other sources; "(D) where appropriate, as determined by the local educational agency, include strategies for developing curricula and teaching methods that integrate academic and vocational instruction (including applied learning and team teaching strategies); and "(E) include strategies for identifying and eliminating gender and racial bias in instructional materials, methods, and practices. "(2) OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES.—Such professional development activities may include— "(A) instruction in the use of assessments; "(B) instruction in ways that teachers, principals, pupil services personnel, and school administrators may work more effectively with parents; "(C) the forming of partnerships with institutions of higher education to establish school-based teacher training programs that provide prospective teachers and novice teachers with an opportunity to work under the guidance of experienced teachers and college faculty; "(D) instruction in the use of technology; "(E) the creation of career ladder programs for paraprofessionals (assisting teachers under this part) to obtain the education necessary for such paraprofessionals to become licensed and certified teachers; "(F) instruction in ways to teach special needs children; "(G) instruction in gender-equitable education methods, techniques, and practices; "(H) joint professional development activities involving programs under this part, Head Start, Even Start, or Staterun preschool program personnel; and "(I) instruction in experiential-based teaching methods such as service learning. 79-194 0—95—3: QL 3 Part 5