Professional Development/ Teacher Training

Report

The Impact of Supplemental Literacy Courses for Struggling Ninth-Grade Readers

July, 2010
Marie-Andrée Somers, William Corrin, Susan Sepanik, Terry Salinger, Jesse Levin, Courtney Zmach

Over the course of ninth grade, two supplemental literacy courses modestly improved students’ reading comprehension skills and helped them perform better academically in their course work. However, these benefits did not persist in the following school year, when students were no longer receiving the supplemental support.

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November, 2008
William Corrin, Marie-Andrée Somers, James J. Kemple, Elizabeth Nelson, Susan Sepanik

This report presents findings from the second year of the Enhanced Reading Opportunities (ERO) study, a demonstration and random assignment evaluation of two supplemental literacy programs — Reading Apprenticeship Academic Literacy and Xtreme Reading — that aim to improve the reading comprehension skills and school performance of struggling ninth-grade readers.

Report
January, 2008
James J. Kemple, William Corrin, Elizabeth Nelson, Terry Salinger, Suzannah Herrmann, Kathryn Drummond

This report presents early findings from a demonstration and random assignment evaluation of two supplemental literacy programs that aim to improve the reading comprehension skills and school performance of struggling ninth-grade readers. On average, the programs produced a positive, statistically significant impact on reading comprehension among students.

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Elementary Student Achievement and the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative’s Focal Strategy

December, 2006
Kristin Porter, Jason Snipes

The Bay Area School Reform Collaborative’s focal strategy, a system-wide reform that coaches district and school leaders, supports evidence-based decision-making, and promotes networking within and among schools, has no strong association with changes in elementary student achievement.

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The Effect of Project GRAD on High School Student Outcomes in Three Urban School Districts

July, 2006
Jason Snipes, Glee Ivory Holton, Fred Doolittle, Laura Sztejnberg

This report describes the effects of Project GRAD, an ambitious education reform that targets high schools and the elementary and middle schools that feed into them, on a variety of student outcomes in high schools in Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Columbus, Ohio.

Methodology
March, 2003

This paper illustrates how to design an experimental sample for measuring the effects of educational programs when whole schools are randomized to a program and control group. It addresses such issues as what number of schools should be randomized, how many students per school are needed, and what is the best mix of program and control schools.

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Implementation Lessons from the Foundations of Learning Demonstration

December, 2009
Chrishana M. Lloyd, Michael Bangser

Foundations of Learning provided in-class training and support to teachers, and one-on-one clinical services to children, to enhance preschool quality. This report offers lessons regarding program design, management, staffing, and professional development issues that arose during implementation in Newark, NJ.

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What Two Rigorous Studies Tell Us

July, 2011
Janet Quint

This synthesis reviews findings from two rigorous, large-scale evaluations — the Professional Development in Reading Study and the Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study. Both interventions had only limited effects on teachers’ knowledge and instruction and no impacts on students’ test scores. The report ends with suggestions about how professional development might be improved to achieve better results.

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