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Impacts of a Science and Math Professional Development Project for Pre-K Teachers of Dual-Language Learners


May 1, 2013
English Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

NIEER Assistant Research Professors Alissa Lange and Kimberly Brenneman presented a poster at the American Education Research Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. The poster, entitled “Impacts of a Science and Math Professional Development Project for Pre-K Teachers of Dual-Language Learners (DLLs),” summarized findings from the SciMath-DLL project’s first two years. This National Science Foundation-funded study develops and evaluates professional development supports for teachers around science, math, and teaching dual-language learners. The poster outlined challenges to the implementation of high-quality professional development, such as limited educator time to engage in coaching activities, and how these challenges have been addressed (e.g., creating electronic methods for reporting). Improvements in teacher practice, such as more focused lesson planning, and in the SciMath-DLL program itself, such as higher quality workshop approaches, were also highlighted. A related paper was presented at the Society for Research in Child Development meeting in Seattle, Washington as part of a symposium entitled, “Improving Children’s Mathematical Development: Teacher Professional Development as Key.”