Professional Development

Synchronous Online Model for Mathematics Teachers' Professional Development

In this chapter, the authors present the design rationale for and empirical results from a predominantly synchronous three-part online model for the professional development of mathematics teachers in rural contexts. They describe how the design of the components are complementary and are intended to support teachers to develop challenging instructional practices, even when the teachers are geographically remote and dispersed. The three parts include an online course, online video coaching, and online demonstration lessons.

Author/Presenter: 
Jeffrey Choppin
Julie M. Amador
Cynthia Callard
Cynthia Carson
Ryan Gillespie
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

In this chapter, the authors present the design rationale for and empirical results from a predominantly synchronous three-part online model for the professional development of mathematics teachers in rural contexts.

Bridging the Distance: One-on-One Video Coaching Supports Rural Teachers

This article describes online video coaching model used with middle-grades, rural mathematics teachers.

Carson, C., Callard, C., Gillespie, R., Choppin, J., & Amador, J. (2019). Bridging the distance: One-on-one video coaching supports rural teachers. The Learning Professional, 40(6), 66-70.

Author/Presenter: 
Cynthia D. Carson
Cynthia Callard
Ryan Gillespie
Jeffrey Choppin
Julie M. Amador
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This article describes online video coaching model used with middle-grades, rural mathematics teachers.

Revealing Teacher Knowledge through Making: A Case Study of Two Prospective Mathematics Teachers

We describe an experience within mathematics teacher preparation that engages pre-service teachers of mathematics (PMTs) in Making and design practices that we hypothesized would inform their conceptual, curricular, and pedagogical thinking. With a focus on the design of new tools that can generate new possibilities for mathematics teaching and learning, this Learning by Design experience has PMTs exploring at the intersection of content, pedagogy, and Making.

Author/Presenter: 
Steven Greenstein
Eileen Fernández
Jessica Davidson
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

We describe an experience within mathematics teacher preparation that engages pre-service teachers of mathematics (PMTs) in Making and design practices that we hypothesized would inform their conceptual, curricular, and pedagogical thinking.

From the Inside Out: Teacher Responses to the AP Curriculum Redesign

From 2012–2015, Advanced Placement (AP) science courses underwent a large-scale curricular reform to include more scientific inquiry and reasoning, reduce emphasis on broad content coverage, and focus on depth of understanding, with corresponding changes in high-stakes AP examinations. In this study, we explored how teachers prepared for and adapted to this reform over a three-year period. Data included four waves of individual interviews with 22 AP Biology and Chemistry teachers across the United States. Data were qualitatively analyzed using emic and etic coding.

Author/Presenter: 
Ayana McCoy
Abigail Jurist Levy
Kim Frumin
Frances Lawrenz
Christopher Dede
Arthur Eisenkraft
Christian Fischer
Barry Fishman
Brandon Foster
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

From 2012–2015, Advanced Placement (AP) science courses underwent a large-scale curricular reform to include more scientific inquiry and reasoning, reduce emphasis on broad content coverage, and focus on depth of understanding, with corresponding changes in high-stakes AP examinations. In this study, authors explore how teachers prepared for and adapted to this reform over a three-year period.

Characterizing the Formative Assessment Enactment of Experienced Science Teachers

Teachers' use of formative assessment (FA) has been shown to improve student outcomes; however, teachers enact FA in many ways. We examined classroom videos of nine experienced teachers of elementary, middle, and high school science, aiming to create a model of FA enactment that is useful to teachers.

Author/Presenter: 
Vesal Dini
Hannah Sevian
Klaudja Caushi
Raúl Orduña Picón
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

In this article, authors examined classroom videos of nine experienced teachers of elementary, middle, and high school science, aiming to create a model of FA enactment that is useful to teachers.

Helping K-12 Teachers Get Unstuck with Scratch: The Design of an Online Professional Learning Experience

K-12 introductory programming experiences are often highly scaffolded, and it can be challenging for teachers and learners to transition from these scaffolded experiences to experiences of learner-directed creative work, where learners are solving problems and fluently expressing ideas through code. Learners can often "get stuck" in this creative process due to a number of different factors: (1) imagination, (2) concepts, (3) bugs, (4) doubt, and (5) pedagogy.

Author/Presenter: 
Paulina Haduong
Karen Brennan
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

In this paper, authors describe the design and implementation of Getting Unstuck, a 21-day, email-based learning experience for K-12 teachers interested in developing greater familiarity and fluency with Scratch.

The Role of Teacher Framing in Producing Coherent NGSS-Aligned Teaching

We report on one teachers’ efforts to re-design an entire instructional unit as a coherent storyline about forces and motion as a part of a multiyear professional development (PD) project around the NGSS. Designing coherent storylines demands that teachers create opportunities for students to meaningfully engage in science practices in order to develop their knowledge over time.

Author/Presenter: 
Jarod Kawasaki
William Sandoval
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

In this Journal of Science Teacher Education article, Jarod Kawasaki and William Sandoval report on one teachers’ efforts to re-design an entire instructional unit as a coherent storyline about forces and motion as a part of a multiyear professional development project around the NGSS.

“This is Really Frying My Brain!”: How Affect Supports Inquiry in an Online Learning Environment

Jaber, L. Z., Hufnagel, E., & Radoff, J. (2019). “This is Really Frying My Brain!”: How Affect Supports Inquiry in an Online Learning Environment. Research in Science Education.

Author/Presenter: 
Lama Z. Jaber
Elizabeth Hufnagel
Jennifer Radoff
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This article discusses supporting inquiry in an online learning environment.

Toward a theoretical structure to characterize early probabilistic thinking

The role of probability in curricula for children has fluctuated greatly over the past several decades. Recently, some countries have removed probability from their preschool and primary curricula, and others have retained it. One reason for such lack of agreement is that theory about early probability learning is still relatively new and under development. The purpose of this report is to sketch a tentative theoretical structure with the potential to anchor curricular decisions and inform further research on early probability learning.

Author/Presenter: 
Randall E. Groth
Jathan W. Austin
Madeline Naumann
Megan Rickards
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

The purpose of this report is to sketch a tentative theoretical structure with the potential to anchor curricular decisions and inform further research on early probability learning.

Epistemological framing and novice elementary teachers' approaches to learning and teaching engineering design

As engineering learning experiences increasingly begin in elementary school, elementary teacher preparation programs are an important site for the study of teacher development in engineering education. In this article, we argue that the stances that novice teachers adopt toward engineering learning and knowledge are consequential for the opportunities they create for students.

Author/Presenter: 
Kristen B. Wendell
Jessica E. S. Swenson
Tejaswini S. Dalvi
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

In this article, authors present a comparative case study examining the epistemological framing dynamics of two novice urban teachers and argue that the stances that novice teachers adopt toward engineering learning and knowledge are consequential for the opportunities they create for students.

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