Professional Development to Differentiate Kindergarten Tier 1 Instruction: Can Already Effective Teachers Improve Student Outcomes by Differentiating Tier 1 Instruction?

Stephanie Al Otaiba, Jessica S. Folsom, Jeanne Wanzek, Luana Greulich, Jessica Waesche, Christopher Schatschneider, Carol M. Connor

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    Abstract

    Two primary purposes guided this quasi-experimental within-teacher study: (a) to examine changes from baseline through 2 years of professional development (Individualizing Student Instruction) in kindergarten teachers’ differentiation of Tier 1 literacy instruction; and (b) to examine changes in reading and vocabulary of 3 cohorts of the teachers’ students (n = 416). We observed teachers’ instruction and assessed students on standardized measures of vocabulary and word reading. Results suggested that teachers significantly increased their differentiation and students showed significantly greater word reading outcomes relative to baseline. We observed no change for vocabulary. The results have implications for supporting teacher effectiveness through technology-supported professional development.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)454-476
    Number of pages23
    JournalReading and Writing Quarterly
    Volume32
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Linguistics and Language

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