Teacher Preparation & Development
The quality of the teacher in the classroom is one of the most powerful determinants of student achievement, but research has indicated that low-performing students, low-income students, and students of color are the least likely to have qualified teachers.
EPI conducts research related to teacher preparation and professional development, with a particular focus on improving teacher quality. In addition to conducting evaluations of teacher professional development programs, EPI has undertaken policy research on the “highly qualified” requirement for teachers that was enacted as part of the No Child Left Behind Act (US).
Evaluation of the Teaching American History Initiative, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH (2010-2015
Evaluation of the St. Vrain Investment in Innovation (i3) grant, St. Vrain Valley School District (2010-2015)
Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, School-University Research Network, College of William and Mary (2008-2011)
- Evaluation of the Teacher Immersion Residency Teacher Quality Partnership Grant (2009-2014), Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
- Evaluation of Let’s Talk about Leadership and Learning Professional Development Initiative (2009-10), School-University Research Network, College of William and Mary
- Evaluation of the Newport News Teaching American History Initiative (2009-2014), Newport News Public Schools
- Study of District Practices in the Evaluation of Professional Development Initiatives in the State of Alabama (2009), Southeastern Regional Educational Laboratory / Alabama State Department of Education
- Formative Evaluation of the Teaching with Primary Sources Program (2008-09), Library of Congress
- Summative Evaluation of the SURN Collaboratories Teacher Professional Development Initiative (2008), School-University Research Network of the College of William & Mary
- Improving Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities II (2006-07), National Council on Disability
- Improving Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities I (2004), National Council on Disability