An Experimental Study Evaluating Professional Development Activities within a State Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal Volume 24, Number 8, ISSN 0922-4777
This paper describes the implementation and evaluation for scaling up a comprehensive early childhood teacher professional development program into 11 communities across 2 years with funding through state legislative actions. The comprehensive program had four major components based on results from a previous multi-condition random assignment study across four states. The previous results demonstrated that the most optimum approach for supporting children's school readiness included: (1) teacher on-line professional development with facilitation, (2) classroom mentoring, (3) implementation of a research-based curriculum, and (4) technology-driven progress monitoring that informed instruction. The comprehensive professional development program was evaluated in a new state program designed to bring childcare, Head Start, and public school pre-kindergarten together into integrated partnerships. In Year 1, 220 teachers serving 3834 children were randomly assigned to either receive the comprehensive program or not. Teachers who served as controls in Year 1 received the program in Year 2, and those who received the program in Year 1 participated for an additional year in Year 2, allowing for examination of the effects of one versus 2 years of participation. The program improved teachers instructional practices relative to controls, and a second year of participation resulted in greater gains in children's language and literacy. Results support the need for well-integrated, comprehensive professional development for early childhood educators.
Landry, S.H., Swank, P.R., Anthony, J.L. & Assel, M.A. (2011). An Experimental Study Evaluating Professional Development Activities within a State Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 24(8), 971-1010.