This study assesses the efficacy of using an intensive professional development program to improve preschool teachers' practices related to early literacy. A mixed methods approach was employed to review secondary data from a federally-funded Early Reading First Grant. The population studied consisted of thirty-one preschool teachers at four diverse programs serving low income children located in the mid-western urban community of Grand Rapids, Michigan.... processes (Bodorva, Leong, Norford, aamp; Paynter, 2003; Costa aamp; Garmston, 2002; Garmston, 2000; Guskey, 1995; Joyce aamp; Showers, 1980). ... Cohort workshops paired with coaching, provide in-service training that is research based and effective because it is continuous, ... This type of assessment based planning guides the development of knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed for success. A primary focus is to help individuals grow and gain expertise in their current positions.
|Title||:||Intensive Professional Development in Early Literacy Instruction for Preschool Teachers|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|