An IHE/LEA Research Partnership: Closing the Achievement Gap Through Differentiated Professional Development for Preschool Educators

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Ruby, Maureen McSparran; Anderberg, Ann
early literacy; professional development; coaching; closing the gap; teacher knowledge; Education
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This paper describes results from an Early Reading First project that is closing the gap between English and Spanish speaking preschoolers and supporting teachers through professional development and coaching. A university and school district research partnership is transforming 15 preschool classrooms serving low-income families into sites of educational excellence. After intensive classroom language and literacy interventions and professional development of teachers and support staff, improvements in both outcomes on English assessments of early literacy for both English and Spanish speaking children and on a Teacher Knowledge Test for teachers and paraprofessionals were seen.