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Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Professional Development through MSP on Instructional Practices in Math and Science: Early Findings, Online Tool, Workshop Announcement

At the MSP Evaluation Summit in Minneapolis, September 15-16, 2005, I reported on our design and some of the early findings from our Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Professional Development through MSP on Instructional Practices in Math and Science. For example, here are two initial findings:
  • Mathematics teachers experiencing MSP professional development (across the 4 sites we studied) showed increased Depth of instruction in math topics, and lower emphasis on Procedural dimension of expectations for learning (as compared to non-MSP control teachers).

  • Science teachers experiencing MSP professional development had increased instructional time on Applying scientific Concepts, and reduced emphasis on the Memorization expectation for learning in science (as comapred to non-MSP teachers).


These types of findings are now being analyzed with our cross-site database developed from the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum

This is the online Survey system that was developed and used with teachers in our Longitudinal Study
To take a look at it, go to http://www.SEConline.org

We will be hosting a Workshop for MSP evaluators again next winter on use of these data tools for evaluation.

For further information, send me an email or check our study results on MSPnet: http://ld.mspnet.org/

Good to see you in Minneapolis!


Rolf Blank
PI, MSP-RETA
CCSSO