Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Matt Ronfeldt receives grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study student teaching

Tags: expertise, ronfeldt, teacher education, teacher effectiveness

Matt Ronfeldt and Dan Goldhaber (of the American Institute of Research) were recently awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct a large-scale research project across three states to study and improve student teaching experiences during pre-service teacher preparation.

The Improving Student Teaching Initiative (ISTI), led by principal investigator Goldhaber and co-principal investigator Ronfeldt, seeks to partner with teacher preparation programs to improve the quality of student teaching experiences during initial teacher preparation. The improvement strategy, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has two main facets. First, ISTI will help programs use existing evaluation data to identify the mentor teachers and placement schools that are most likely to lead to successful internships. Second, ISTI will work with programs to implement a more intensive, online feedback system during the clinical internship. The higher-intensity feedback will use the host district’s observational protocol, operate on an accelerated schedule, focus on a few areas of potential improvement, and involve structured debriefing sessions with the supervising teacher and coordinating instructor. ISTI plans to partner with about 10 large teacher education programs across three states and study the effects of these improvement strategies on later teacher effectiveness and retention using state evaluation and administrative data.

Matthew Ronfeldt is Associate Professor

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