Blended professional development for literacy and numeracy teachers: An initial evaluation of the Learning Connections project
Herbert Wideman, Ronald Owston, Natalia Sinitskaya, Janet Murphy, Brian McLean, York University, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The paper presents the major findings and recommendations from a formative evaluation of the first phases of a pilot professional development program, Learning Connections, designed to enhance literacy and numeracy teaching in Ontario elementary schools. The program incorporates design elements that have found in previous research to be essential to successful professional development-it is standards-based, job-embedded, focused on building a reflective and collaborative learning community, and delivers content knowledge critical for changing practice. The teachers' literacy and numeracy professional development needs and the project's effectiveness in meeting these needs over its first year of operation are analyzed, and a number of recommendations for improving the program's impact are discussed.
Wideman, H., Owston, R., Sinitskaya, N., Murphy, J. & McLean, B. (2007). Blended professional development for literacy and numeracy teachers: An initial evaluation of the Learning Connections project. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2143-2147). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).